Runners react to the Royal Parks half marathon being postponed

Jane McGuire
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From Runner's World

  • Today, Royal Parks half marathon organisers have announced the 2020 race, due to take place on 11 October, has been cancelled.
  • The new race will take place on Sunday 11 April 2021, two weeks before the 2021 London Marathon.

A statement from Royal Parks half marathon organisers reads, ‘Based on the complexities surrounding social distancing at mass participation events and the potential impact on the NHS, we do not feel it would be appropriate to proceed with the event at this time.’

The postponed Royal Parks half will take place on Sunday 11 April 2021, two weeks before the 2021 London Marathon, currently planned for Sunday 25 April 2021.

Runners who have a place in the 2020 Royal Parks half have automatically been deferred to the April race. If you cannot make this date for some reason, you should contact the Charity/ International Tour Operator or Company that you secured your place through. All public ballot runners should contact Should you want to move your place, you must do so by Friday 31 July 2020.

There is also the option for runners to take part virtually. To do this, you will need to update your preference on the Royal Parks Half console by Friday 31 July 2020. All runners who want to complete the half marathon virtually will need to complete the distance over the new event weekend. Once organisers receive proof of completion, they will send a Royal Parks Half finisher t-shirt and medal.

At the moment, the rescheduled London Marathon, due to take place the weekend before the original Royal Parks date on Sunday 4 October, is still planning to go ahead. Last week, Hugh Brasher said he is ‘not giving up hope’ on putting the race on in October.

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