A popular event which was due to take place in East Renfrewshire next month has been cancelled.

Organisers All About Barrhead, the local business improvement district (BID), have announced that the Barrhead Rainbow Run 2023 will no longer be going ahead on June 10.

A free entry event, The Big Barrhead Bounce, will now be happening in its place on the same day from 11am at Centenary Park.

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In a social media post, All About Barrhead said: “It is with regret that we must announce the cancellation of the Barrhead Rainbow Run 2023 - but don't remove the date from your diary just yet.

“We will be replacing the event with a free entry event - the Big Barrhead Bounce - in Centenary Park featuring all of the inflatable obstacles that would have featured at the event.

“All tickets purchased for the Barrhead Rainbow Run will be refunded in the coming days.

“We have been working hard in the background to do everything we can and make the required changes, but due to the ongoing improvements in Carlibar Park, it would have been impossible for us to deliver the great event we all remember and will look forward to ensuring the delivery of the 2024 event meets our high standards.

“On Saturday, June 10, we will install large inflatable obstacles in Centenary Park, inviting everyone down to enjoy them free of charge “One of these inflatables will also become a 'paint and splash zone', so you can all experience a small amount of the colourful fun we had planned to bring.”

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The rainbow run was set to make its return after two years of cancellations dur to the pandemic and then a further postponement due to upgrades in the park. 

Tickets for the event in and around Carlibar and Centenary Park went on sale in December.

It was due to feature splash zones, paint and more opportunities to get colourful, all whilst giving participants the chance to tackle a number of inflatable obstacle courses, including an improved foam pit and slip and slides zones, along the route.

Further posts on All About Barrhead’s Facebook page clarifying the situation surrounding the cancellation, added: “We were aware of the work going on, but there have been changes to that outwith our control.

“We are not involved with the improvements in the park, which have been undertaken by the council.

“We were hopeful we would be able to make it work, but we’ve had to make the difficult decision following the knowledge that we can no longer use many key areas of our route whilst they are still seeding.

“Cowan Park is outwith the boundary of the BID, who organise this event, so unfortunately that was not an option.

“We felt it was the best solution to still offer a family fun day, completely free of charge, within some of our space to hopefully make up for it.

“We are not part of the council. We are funded and managed by the local businesses.

"We don’t take decisions like this lightly and always have the betterment of the area at our core - our goal is to always promote the town as a positive place to work, live, shop and visit but we must do that within an extremely tight budget and ensure the local business investment is spent wisely.”