Organisers of the popular Manchester Marathon and Tommy’s Manchester Half have made the decision to cancel this year’s combined events due to take place on Sunday 11th October following months of careful consideration due to Covid-19.

The 2020 Manchester Marathon – the biggest in the event’s history – was originally set to take place on Sunday 5th April, attracting 26,000 runners to a new course through the city-centre past some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks including the Manchester Opera House, Spinningfields, Albert Memorial Hall, Hotel Football and The Midland Hotel, before cutting a track through Trafford to finish outside the Lancashire Cricket Club .

The outbreak of Covid-19 in March forced organisers to postpone the event, instead planning to combine it with the Manchester Half, also owned by sports events company Human Race, in October this year.

Human Race CEO Nick Rusling says, “We understand that our runners have put many hours of training and planning into these events and the uncertainty has only added to their frustrations. We have explored all opportunities of hosting these events in 2020 with the safety and wellbeing of our runners, supporters, crew and volunteers as our primary focus. Having made the tough decision to cancel this year’s events we are now redirecting our efforts into planning next year’s Manchester Marathon on Sunday 11th April.

“We believe, when we combine the resilience of runners with the friendliness of Manchester, this will bring a seriously potent mix of positivity and will become our greatest event yet.”

Runners entered into the 2020 event will receive automatic entry into next year’s Manchester Marathon or Manchester Half at no additional cost. For those who cannot make the 2021 events, more information is available online.

With the disruption of so many mass participation sports events this year, Human Race is committed to supporting UK charities struggling from the loss of fundraising opportunities. In April Human Race co-founded the 2.6 Challenge, raising over £12million so far for nearly 4,000 charities. In addition, Human Race is working hard to improve its delivery of sustainable events, with CEO Nick Rusling serving as chair of the mass participation running event’s Sustainability Group.

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