Bear Grylls Survival Race (BGSR), the race event series, has announced that its Cambridge and Manchester event series have been cancelled.

The event organiser also announced the expansion of its London event, which takes place on September 30, 2017. It will be adding an extra day of events, including a sneak peek at the plans for the next generation of the Bear Grylls Survival Race, which will launch in 2018.

A statement on the event’s website said: “We have listened to many of you who have helped us build these races and we really hope you will like the direction we are taking over the coming seasons as we continue to shape BGSR 2.0.

“Secondly, we are also happy to announce that Bear Grylls is flying back specially from filming both Running Wild and The Island and will be joining the adventure as part of the planned activities for the London weekend. Please check our website to see when you can catch a glimpse of the man himself!

“While all of this is very exciting it does mean that we have also had to make some other tough decisions, one of which is to focus on consolidating all of our efforts into one single big race weekend instead of multiple smaller ones.

“This has been a difficult decision as we know it will be a disappointment to some of you, but we believe for the long term good it is the right thing to do. So it is with much regret, that we are cancelling our Cambridge/Manchester events for the 2017 season.

“All of you who have purchased tickets to either event can transfer them free of charge to our expanded London weekend and will also receive free parking and three free festival tickets as our way of saying ‘sorry and thank you.’

“We really hope you will understand and bear with these changes, and we wholeheartedly apologise for any inconvenience it might cause. We are a community and sometimes we have to roll with the punches together, but we really are so sorry to cause any upsets.

All the team though is so looking forward to welcoming you to London and hope you might be able to make it work for you.”