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London Marathon decision out in two weeks

By People Reporter
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
The 2019 London Marathon winners (men and women) Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei. Photo/PD/FILE

Kiprono Ericson

The fate of the 40th edition of Virgin Money London Marathon will be known next week, organisers have said.

The event, originally scheduled for April 26, was postponed to October 4 after the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the international sporting calendar in March.

In an open letter to all participants on Monday, event director Hugh Brasher said the delay was due to a need for further consultation with local NHS Trusts, the emergency services and local authorities.

“We know how important the Virgin Money London Marathon is to you, to charities and in showing the world the wonderful spirit of London, of Great Britain and of our running community,” he said.

“I will be in contact with our final decision and the options available to you no later than Friday, August 7.”

The cancellation of September’s Great North Run has raised concerns about the London Marathon going ahead.

The London Marathon routinely attracts close to 40,000 participants and this year’s race was set to pit the world’s fastest runners Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele against one another.

World marathon record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei are looking forward to defending their  men and women titles respectively.