An angry Derbyshire councillor is blaming the compensation culture for forcing him to cancel a race he's organised for 22 years.
Derick Jewell was looking forward to planning next year's pleasant Hope Fell Race. But then the Fell Runners Association issued new regulations. As Derick explained: "All race marshals must now be experienced fell runners or walkers. Not all of our 30 volunteers are, so we couldn't obtain the correct insurance."
The new measures apply to all races, whether for novices or experienced runners.
The race is usually the high point of the annual Hope Wakes festival. But not next year.