London Marathon 2020: delayed race will feature only elite runners and take a new route UK news

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The 2020 London Marathon will use a different route and only include elite runners when it takes place on October 4.

The event, which was postponed from April, will not follow the usual London road route and instead will take place on a 42.2km loop route around St James’s Park.

No spectators will be allowed as the runners complete 19.8 laps of the park, which will not involve the 45,000 “mass-event” runners either due to coronavirus concerns.

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Eliud Kipchoge is expected to participate in the men’s race

Olympic marathon champions Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele are expected to compete in the men’s race.

Meanwhile, the women’s race will be titled by world record holder Brigid Kosegi, while Manuela Schar and David Weir will compete in the wheelchair event.

Athletes’ times will be eligible for qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, which had to be postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19[feminine[feminine pandemic.

This year’s London Marathon will be the 40th edition of the race.

Next year’s London Marathon has already been pushed back from April to October 3, 2021 to maximize the possibility of a mass racing comeback.

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London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher said the increased likelihood of a second spike has led to the recent cancellation of spectator trials at major events.

He said: “Despite our best efforts, the fantastic support from all of our partners, and the progress that has been made in planning the return of small mass participation events that are not on the road, it has not been. possible to go ahead. a socially distanced mass march or run. “

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