As if training for a marathon were not stressful enough already, the poor runners who are still hoping against hope that the London Marathon will take place, have now got to wait a further 2 weeks till they find out – yes? or no?
This prestigious race should’ve taken place in April, but fell victim to the Coronavirus pandemic – like almost all major sporting events.
From April 26th the race was postponed until October 4th – which isn’t actually that far off, just 2 months – and yesterday the final decision was pushed back for yet another 2 weeks, until August 7th.
“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.
“So please bear with us while we finish the extensive work we have been doing to try to enable us to run together, safely.
“I will be in contact with our final decision and the options available to you no later than Friday, August 7.”
London is the last of the World Marathon Majors still hoping to be held this year, after Boston, Berlin, New York and Chicago all shelved plans for their 2020 races.
Looking at it objectively, and from outside the UK, it would seem to make sense to cancel London as well.
But we will all have to wait another 2 weeks to find out.
How dispiriting for runners, entering the final weeks of theoretical preparation, not knowing whether they will even run or not.
10 days ago, I wrote a blog about the cancellation of the Chicago and Manchester marathons, and wondered aloud here how on earth can you impose social distancing rules in a marathon. My UK-based friend Kathakoli replied with a detailed look at how you socially distance in a race, and it’s worth reading her remarks here, in the context of London – here’s the link.