40th edition of the London Marathon has been postponed from 26 April 26 to 4
October, race organisers announced on Friday due to the health crisis
caused by the spread of the new coronavirus.
The move came on the same day that all major football matches in
Britain were cancelled until at least April 3 to try and contain the
spread of Covid-19.
"The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global
pandemic of Covid-19 and public health is everyone's priority," event director Hugh Brasher said in a statement.
"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
The Boston Marathon was also moved from 20 April to 14 September on
Friday, while earlier this month the Paris Marathon was moved to 18 October.