In light of Covid-19, London Marathon has become the latest major sporting event to be postponed. The event was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26 April, and is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October 2020.
Charities and sponsors with runners who are unable to take part in the postponed race will be able to substitute other runners for the rescheduled 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October. London Marathon Events will contact charities to outline the process and timescales in due course.
Runners who have already withdrawn from the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon and rolled over their entry to 2021 will be offered the option to take part on Sunday 4 October or to keep their entry rolled over to 2021. The London Marathon, which is one of the biggest marathon organized on the streets of London was expected to feature some 43,000 participants. This is the first time the race has been postponed since its launch in 1981.
The news was announced by Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon
“Public health is everyone’s priority. 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 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.
The organisers said every runner with a place in the 2020 event will be able to use their place in the rescheduled event on Sunday 4 October without any further payment. Those who choose not to take part, will be entitled to a full refund of their entry fee. The London marathon normally acts as a trial for Olympic places in the British team. British Athletics said it planned to stage a special race in a closed location to select its runners for Tokyo 2020. A spokesperson told The Guardian they would look to hold the event in a closed location with limited numbers on 25 to 27 April.
Earlier Boston Marathon was also postponed due to Coronavirus and will now be hosted on September 14th