Cardiff Half Marathon was postponed until March 2021 due to a coronavirus pandemic | Instant News

The Cardiff Half Marathon scheduled for October 4 has been postponed until 2021 due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Organizer Run 4 Wales said holding it in only four months was “totally inappropriate” and the event will take place on March 28 next year.

Since its founding in 2003, this event has become the third largest race in the UK after the London Marathon and Great North Run.

Last year 27,500 runners and 100,000 spectators attended the competition.

The Cardiff Half Marathon 2019 sees men the winner of Leonard Langat from Kenya completed the 13.1 mile course in a new record time of 59 minutes 29 seconds.

“There is still uncertainty about how that fall was,” Run 4 Wales chief executive Matt Newman told BBC Sport Wales.

“The prognosis isn’t very good right now and it seems [mass] The event will be one of the last things that will return when the world begins to calm down.

“While we can leave this for 12 months and return in the fall of 2021, we want to give participants the choice to come in March which we feel is far enough for the world to start returning to a kind of normality …

Half of Cardiff is scheduled to take place on the same day as the rearranged London Marathon. Because the event will still take place.

The Newport Wales Marathon – already postponed from April to October – has been pushed back to the new date 18 April 2021.

Leonard Langat won the 2019 Half Half Marathon men’s race in new record time

Newman hopes that postponing Half Cardiff will allow organizers to hold an “almost as normal” event next spring, but admits Run 4 Wales is preparing some restrictions to remain in place.

“We got a lot of information about how the community that is running across Europe is looking to hold events,” he said.

“There’s a lot of creativity going on about different waves, different starting times, putting all kinds of safe practices.

“But now it is a bit early to explain all options, because we still hope that in the spring of 2021 some of the restrictions we have at this time are relaxed.”

The Cardiff Half Marathon usually sees more than £ 4 million raised for charity and the hope is that just delaying the event will mean this good cause will not lose important fundraising.

Next year will see two and a half marathons taking place in the Welsh capital, with the fall event still scheduled for October 3, 2021.

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