London Marathon organisers still hoping to stage event on October 4

London Marathon organisers say they have not given up hope of staging the event on October 4.

Earlier this week the 2020 Great North Run was cancelled because it was deemed impossible to hold the race while social distancing measures designed to limit the spread of coronavirus remain in place.

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The London event, which was postponed from April to October, had been expected to follow suit, with Great North Run founder Brendan Foster saying it would be “extremely difficult” for any mass participation races to go ahead this year.

However, London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher says his team is still looking at “innovative ways to socially distance the event”.

Brasher added: “We still don’t know whether we will be able run together, walk together and be together on that journey of 26.2 miles on October 4. Almost every day we hear hopeful news from other countries and we hear tales of despair.

“However, what we do know is that we have hope, desire and ingenuity. Hope that the world will have found a way through COVID-19 by October. Desire to show the positive effects of running a marathon, running for communities and good causes. Ingenuity of thought, technology and people.

“I assure you that whatever decision we take about October 4, it will be taken in line with our values and with the responsibility we have to you, our runners, our charities, our sponsors, our volunteers, our medics, our communities and our city.

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