In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to delay the start of the 2021 Highpointeering competition season until the Spring Equinox (20th March).
2020 has been a year like no other, and one we all hope never to repeat. The COVID-19 virus has impacted all our lives to an extent that was unimaginable just twelve months ago.
With the vaccine already being administered in Northern Ireland and likely to be on its way to the Republic in the coming months, the end of this ordeal could now be in sight. We may be on the home straight. If all goes well, a normality close to the one we took for granted in 2019 could be restored as early as mid-2021. But we all must continue to play our part in the meantime to keep everyone safe. We must do everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the impact of any subsequent new strains, variants or mutations of the virus. If we can winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.
It would be highly irresponsible of us if we ignore the obvious current reality and choose to start the 2021 Highpointeering season on 1st January as originally planned. To do so would be extremely reckless. Public health and safety must take priority over the annual awards, leagues and challenges we offer.
We believe the responsible thing to do right now is to postpone the 2021 Highpointeering season until the Spring. Having weighed up the options available, we have decided to commence the 2021 season on the Spring Equinox (20th March) to coincide with the planned start of the All-Ireland Mountain Race. We will continue to monitor the crisis and review the situation again in March.
On a more positive note, however, this postponement gives us an opportunity to focus on the next major milestone in High Point Ireland’s long-term development. This particular milestone was originally scheduled for the start of the 2022 season, but we are now aiming to bring it forward by nine months. We will make an official announcement in due course.
In the meantime, we hope you all have a very happy and safe Christmas and hopefully a more normal 2021.