The icy weather gripping the Westcountry has claimed another sporting casualty - today's 5K and 10K charity races at Bicton in East Devon have been postponed until the New Year.

The event, organised by the Women's Running Network to raise money for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund, was called off after an inspection of the course yesterday afternoon.

"It's lethal out there. The lanes and tracks are iced up and we can't guarantee when it will thaw. We have carried out the appropriate risk assessment and cannot take any chances with the safety of our runners, marshalls and spectators," said Pauline Beare, chief executive of the Women's Running Network yesterday.

It's a major disappointment for everyone involved with the event - the 5K women's race and mixed 10K had attracted a bumper entry, including international athlete Jo Pavey from Devon.

Pavey had agreed to run the 5 kilometre course as patron of the Women's Running Network and vice-patron of the Exeter Leukaemia Fund.

There are plans to re-arrange the race for early in 2011 and it's hoped Pavey will be able to take part in her build-up to next year's London Marathon.

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