2020 London Marathon to go ahead but for elite athletes only

The 2020 London Marathon originally scheduled to take place back in April will now take place on 4th October. The hugely popular event will only be for elite athletes this year, in a massive blow to charities who benefit greatly from the event. Last year the 45,000 runners raised over £66 million for charities and good causes.

The much-anticipated showdown between Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele will now take place on a bio-secure closed course around St James’s Park.

Reduced fields of 40 athletes will also compete for the elite women’s and wheelchair titles

The elite athletes will follow a spectator-free course that follows a different route to the usual one used for the Marathon. The route will consist of laps of approximately 1.5 miles, taking in The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Birdcage Walk and the road running adjacent to the front of Buckingham Palace.

Organisers have announced that those with a place in the 2020 event will be able to take part in the event by running the famous 26.2 mile marathon distance “from home or anywhere in the world on the course of their choice.”

All finishers have been told they will receive the finisher medal and a finisher T-shirt.


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