Marathon in London: Delayed race could feature elite athletes only

This year's postponed Marathon might could be staged with elite athletes only, informed race director Hugh Brasher.

Marathon in London: Delayed race could feature elite athletes only

He said that was one of 10 options that are "changing all the time", which could also see a further delay.

The event was due to take place on Sunday but has been moved to 4 October because of the pandemic situation.

Almost 43k runners took part in 2019, where Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele are set to go head to head in the elite men's race.

Hugh said, "We hope we can welcome them back in October but at this stage we just don't know what is going to happen,"

"We have to look at it in totality, with three quarters of a million spectators, the medical side, the charities.

"We are looking at probably 10 scenarios, and they are changing all the time."

 

  • The Tokyo Marathon went ahead last month with elite runners only on deserted streets.
  • The Berlin Marathon together with London one of the sport's six 'majors', will not go ahead as planned on 27 September after Germany extended a ban on large-scale gatherings until 24 October.

Brasher advised he is in touch with other major directors and some "radical ideas" have been discussed.