Video: A Look Back at Some Great London Marathon Moments

With the 2020 London Marathon – originally scheduled to take place on Sunday 26 April – postponed until Sunday 4 October due to coronavirus, we take a look back at some of the marathon’s defining moments, from Paula Radcliffe’s 2005 ‘pit-stop’ to David Weir’s winning streak and Mary Keitany breaking records…

This year, the London Marathon reaches a huge landmark – the 40th race – not to mention this is the first time it has been postponed since launching in 1981.

In a statement, Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said of the postponement: ‘The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority.

‘We know how disappointing this news will be for so many – the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year.

‘The 40th Race is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday 4 October 2020.’

Every runner with a place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will be able to use their place in the rescheduled event on 4 October without any further payment.

Those who are unable to take part on that date will receive a refund of their 2020 entry fee, or can opt to donate their 2020 entry fee to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Runners who do not take up one of the above options (with the exception of those who acquired their entry through a charity or sponsor) will be able to defer their entry to the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, scheduled for Sunday 25 April 2021, on payment of the entry fee for 2021.

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