And the London Marathon is…

…sort of cancelled.

Like so:

“Will not take place in its usual format” is, it turns out, a bit of an understatement.

There will only be 30-40 elites who will not run the normal race route but will instead run loops in a biosecure bubble – jeez, this new normal of ours is one weird place.

Rather than starting in Greenwich in east London, there will be a looped 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course featuring 19.8 laps around St James’s Park within a biosecure bubble with spectators excluded. It will finish in the traditional place in front of Buckingham Palace.”

Sitting here in India (where I live) cancellation seems sensible and the correct decision. There is simply WAY too much risk in having tens of thousands of runners and crowds…though I did find the race Director’s statement (below) very moving:

“However the recent surges in Covid-19 as lockdown was eased and the cancellation of the trial return of spectators at sporting events has stopped us in our tracks. Therefore we cannot embark on that intensely personal journey from Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, with the crowd cheering us on, with the gods of our sport leading the way, running together in mind, body and spirit with tens of thousands of people.”

Interestingly, the 2021 race will not take place in April – its normal time slot – but rather in October 2021. I imagine that is to give the world longer to get back on an even keel. Please God.

Let Eliud Kipchoge have the final word – lovely man.

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