London Marathon axed for only second time EVER due to coronavirus with charities set to lose out on £70MILLION
the 2020 London Marathon mass race has been officially canceled due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic
and the 2021 event will be moved from April to October next year.
More than 45,000 runners had hoped to take part in the rescheduled 26.2-mile event on Sunday, October 4
but reveal today their hopes have been dashed by government lockdown rules.
There will still be a 40th staging of the race but it will only involve elite runners and wheelchair stars.
There will be a looped circuit held behind-closed-doors at St James’ Park in London in a biosphere bubble –
with Kenyan superstar Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s fastest man, taking on Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.
The winner will still finish along The Mall, it will involve 19.8 laps of the Royal Park and allow marathon stars the chance to
qualify their spots at the Tokyo Olympics.
Event director Hugh Brasher said: “Today is a day of sadness, but also I think it’s a day of certainty.
“It’s a day where we’re announcing what is appropriate – we think – for the 40th race. It’s certainly not something
we ever expected to do.
“We hope people get inspiration from the Gods of our sport still battling it out over those 26.2 miles in the only world marathon race that is taking place in the Fall.