London Marathon organisers to host test 10K for the UK Government

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images
Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • London Marathon Events have announced they will be holding the 'Reunion 10K' as part of the Government's events research programme.

  • The event will take place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire on 24-25 April.

London Marathon Events is organising the Reunion 10K, which will be held on 24-25 April as one of the pilot events in the government's Events Research Programme.

The event will take place at Hatfield Park and consist of three separate 10K races, held over the weekend. This will provide the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport with scientific data on how mass participation events can safely resume as part of the roadmap out of lockdown.

Everyone attending the event - participants, spectators and staff, will be required to take a Covid-19 test before and after the event. They will also be asked if they have been vaccinated, although this is not a requirement to attend the race.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: 'The government’s Events Research Programme is a very significant step towards the safe return of events and London Marathon Events, along with our fellow mass participation event organisers, is doing everything we can to assist the government with this project. We would like to thank everyone involved for their support in putting on the Reunion 10K at Hatfield Park.'

How can I sign up?

London Marathon events are planning to host 3,000 runners and up to 3,000 spectators in each of the three races at the Reunion 10K. All of the races will be configured slightly differently to capture the most data.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus before the event will not be able to attend. If a runner tests positive, their entry fee will be refunded.

If you're keen to take part, entries will open from Thursday 8 April.

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