It has been announced that the London marathon, postponed from April, will take place as an elite-runners-only event in October this year, with no mass participation runners, and no spectators.

Non-elite runners are invited to raise money for their charity of choice by running ‘virtually’, in their own areas, and covering the 26.2 miles during the 24 hours of 4 October.

In order to protect the 2021 event, as far as possible, the date for that has been published as 3 October 2021, rather than April as usual.

Charities which have places reserved for the 2020 marathon are being offered to defer them to 2021, 2022 or 2023. They will be contacted by 12 August regarding the race at home, and on 1 September about deferral for a future London marathon.

You can find out more on the Virgin Money London Marathon website.

If more advice is released for charities looking to plug the fundraising gap left by this, we will add it here.