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London Marathon to go ahead this year, organisers claim

AMBITIOUS plans to allow 100,000 people to take part in this year’s London Marathon have been announced.

A record 50,000 people will run in central London on October 3 with another 50,000 running 26.2 miles at a location of their choice for the virtual event.

The marathon’s event director Hugh Brasher said he was confident the mass run could go ahead in October after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that all adults would be offered a first vaccination dose by September.

Brasher told the PA news agency today: “It is a terrible time at the moment.

“It is difficult in a way for a lot of people to imagine from where we are now about what October might look like but the government has said that everyone in this country should be vaccinated by September.

“There’s still lots of unknowns. We do know that. And we will change our plans, develop the plans, to be able to deliver what we are announcing today.

“And we will work with governments, we will work with the scientists, we will work with people in tech to do this and do it in a safe manner.”


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