The London Marathon will now take place on 4th October 2020 after being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As numerous sports across the world have been affected, the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon - which will be celebrating its 40th race - has been pushed back, and will allow runners who already received their places to take part in the deferred event.
“The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director.
“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from City Hall, the London boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, the City of Westminster and the City of London, Transport for London, the emergency services, The Royal Parks, BBC TV and many others as we worked to find an alternative date. The 40th Race is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday 4 October 2020.
“We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on its new scheduled date. We will email all runners and charities today and then update them via email by the end of next week at the latest. We will also post regular updates on our website and social media channels.”
The London Marathon has also said that runners who cannot take part in October 2020 can defer until the 2021 race, which is due to take place on 25th April 2021, or can have their entry fee refunded. The organization has also given those runners a chance to have their fee donated to the London Marathon Charitable Foundation instead if they so wish.