Organisers of the Manchester Marathon have said this years Manchester Marathon is to go ahead despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The details have been sent from Xtra MIle Events although they do say that if the government bans mass gatherings to stop the spread of the virus they will move the marathon to either September or October which would mean the half marathon which normally starts sometime in October will be moved to November.
For this time despite a pandemic being called by the World Health Organisation everything is the same and if you are participating in the event to continue your training as normal.
A full statement sent by the organisers said:
“With just under 4 weeks to go until the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 5th April, we wanted to update you on the status of the event in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Currently, based on the most accurate information available from Public Health England and interpretations from our Medical Director, we are operating with full focus for the 2020 Manchester Marathon to go ahead as planned. We will follow up with advice on the extra things we can all do on event weekend to reduce risks to runners and spectators.
“It’s our strong desire to put on a fantastic event, as we know how hard you have been training to take on this massive challenge, and completing 26.2 miles through this adversity will be an extra badge of honour.
“In case you missed it, you can find the official event guide here https://www.manchestermarathon.co.uk/emails/ and you can find some other updates on our website news section.
“There remains a chance that the UK government might put a temporary ban on large scale events such as ours, in order to slow the potential spread of infection of COVID-19.
“If this is the case, we will have no option but to follow advice and postpone the 2020 Manchester Marathon (most likely to September or October 2020).
“Our team are working very hard on relevant contingency plans to ensure your hard work during your training does not go to waste and more information should this scenario play through will follow swiftly after relevant announcements from the government.”
We have been told a further update will be given and if anything changes another article will be produced.