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April’s London Marathon has been postponed and rearranged for 4 October because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The event was scheduled to take place around the streets of the city on Sunday, 26 April.
It is the first time the race has been postponed since its launch in 1981.
“The world is in an unprecedented situation, grappling with a global pandemic of Covid-19, and public health is everyone’s priority,” said event director Hugh Brasher.
Organisers say every runner with a marathon place will be eligible for the new October date, but they can claim a refund if they want to.
Nearly 43,000 runners competed in 2019, with £66.4m raised for charity.
“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,” added Brasher.
“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 London Marathon on its new scheduled date.”
It is the latest sporting event to be cancelled as authorities seek to limit the spread of the virus.
Courtesy of BBC News