The Great North Run 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 55,000 runners were due to take part in the half marathon on Sunday 13 September, in what would have been the 40th edition of the race.
‘We haven’t taken this decision lightly’ organisers wrote, explaining that they have tried to find a way to hold the race, while still abiding to social distancing rules. They also looked into moving the race back to later in the year, but decided it wasn’t possible to plan the race with any certainty, even as the COVID-19 situation improves.
Runners will be given the option to defer their entry to the 2021 race, which will take place on Sunday 12 September, or receive a full refund for their entry. Organisers are not sure yet whether there will be any new places available for the 2021 race, so runners without a spot for the 2020 race might not be able to take part in the race next year. 'The number of places that will be available in the ballot for 2021 will depend on how many of our 2020 customers decide to roll over their places, and the capacity of the Great North Run in 2021. This will not be confirmed until later in the year with the ballot taking place in early 2021, should it be necessary' organisers have said.
‘We know how disappointing this is, but we’re sure everyone will understand why this decision has been made’, organisers wrote.
Runners have been sharing their reaction to the news on social media:
Rolled my place forward to 2021 GNR— Sue Barnes 😊 (@susieb1953) June 15, 2020
More time to train, perhaps I'll get a PB by then - you never know!
Tough year for all 🙁
Thanks @Great_Run team for all the work behind this decision.
Thank you for making an early decision. It’s the right call. See you in 2021!— Andrew Bates (@andrewjbates10) June 15, 2020
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