13/03/2020 17:17 GMT | Updated 13/03/2020 19:09 GMT

London Marathon Postponed By Six Months Amid Coronavirus Chaos

It will now take place on October 4, 2020, having been due to take place in April.

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The 2020 London Marathon has been postponed due to coronavirus fears and will now take place on October 4 this year, organisers said.

Event director Hugh Brasher said: “The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of Covid-19 and public health is everyone’s priority.

“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.

“We know that there will be many, many questions from runners, charities and others and we ask you to please bear with us as we work through the detailed planning process to deliver the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on its new scheduled date.

“We will email all runners and charities today and then update them via email by the end of next week at the latest. We will also post regular updates on our website and social media channels.”

The race would have been on April 26.

Four-time winner Eliud Kipchoge tweeted his disappointment at the postponement of the London Marathon.

Kipchoge wrote on his Twitter account: “It is unfortunate news that the @LondonMarathon has been postponed but I fully respect the decision made by the organization as safeguarding the health of the world always takes our top priority.

“To the thousands of runners who with me have devoted the last months of our lives towards this goal I would like to say: Be proud of the work you have put into this journey, keep smiling and seek your next goal on the horizon to continue running in a smooth and positive way!”