- On 16 March, the Edinburgh Marathon, which was originally due to take place on Sunday 24 May, was postponed to Sunday 6 September.
- Today, organisers have confirmed that the race will not take place at all this year, amid concerns about the safety of runners and the spread of coronavirus.
In an official statement posted on the Edinburgh Marathon website, organisers confirmed the postponement of the 2020 race to 2021. The statement reads; 'Over the past 3 months we have been working closely with, and drawing on the vast array of knowledge and resources available from, the UK and Scottish Governments, World Athletics, local authorities teams and medical teams to research, plan and work to adapt our delivery models. This was to ensure that, if government restrictions allowed, we were able to deliver a safe event for our Participants, Event Team, Partners and Suppliers. It is with deep regret however, we are sharing with you today that we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone the event until 2021. We think that it’s important that you understand how and why we have come to make this decision.
'As you know, it is outside of our control to say when events will be permitted to go ahead, and sadly there is insufficient information currently available to allow us to estimate when this will be. The nature of the event demands a considerable amount of preparation, not only from our team and our delivery partners, but from the participants. Their preparation for an event will involve training, sometimes meaning they are dedicating many hours away from their friends and family, which for many is understandably unpalatable or impossible with the demands of home working, childcare and schooling at this time. For others it requires the booking of accommodation or travel and we feel that it is unfair to ask for your and their continuing preparation if we cannot make a firm assurance that we will definitely be able to go ahead with the event on the planned date.
'We, as a team, are devastated to be sharing this announcement with you. We know you will be equally disappointed and we are acutely aware of the impact that the loss of events is having on our affiliate charities. We know we have a responsibility to assist where we can and are delighted to announce that we will be making 2020 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenges available to encourage participants to complete their distance and challenge whilst supporting our affiliate charities by doing so.'
Organisers have confirmed that runners who have a place in the 2020 race have a number of different options available to them. These can be found within the 'My Details' section of the race website, and runners have until 31 December 2020 to decide what to do.
Runners took to social media to react to the news:
It’s official. I won’t be running the Edinburgh marathon this year. Already postponed from May to September it’s now been called off til May 2021. I would like to say it’s wrecked my training plans but that wouldn’t really be true.— Mark Hutchings (@markhutchings1) June 19, 2020
Absolutely gutted that the Edinburgh marathon has now been postponed until 2021. But it's the right decision - and at least it gives me longer to get back in shape!— Lee #FBPE #FBR 💙 🇪🇺 (@LSaczak) June 19, 2020
The re scheduled Edinburgh Marathon Festival - due 5 & 6 September- has been cancelled. 😢 fingers crossed there’s better news about the London Marathon when we next get an update 🏃♂️🏃♂️— Wilf Marshall (@Wilf1872) June 19, 2020
Sad to read this, but half expected it tbh. My 1st marathon will be made extra special for the delay and extra wait to get to the start line. On the upside, think of all the extra training 😉 #Edinburghmarathon #marathontraining #running #Runners https://t.co/3FULKWRDy8— Chrissie Maitland (@turtlemummy) June 19, 2020
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