The London Marathon is an annual sporting event which has been held in the UK’s capital city since 1981, and has taken place in April for several decades.
It was started by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley, and has seen runners compete around the River Thames for over 20 years.
The race traditionally starts in Blackheath and finishes at The Mall, and has seen some of the most impressive marathon records being broken.
In 2002, Khalid Khannouchi broke the men's record, while women's records for World Marathons majors have been broken by Grete Waitz in 1983, Ingrid Kristiansen in 1985 and more.
When is the London Marathon 2021?
The race, which is funded by Virgin, will take place on Sunday 3 October 2021, rather than its long-established April date.
The official website announced: “On the same day, up to 50,000 people around the world will take on the 26.2 miles on the course of their choice in the virtual event.”
With a highly-anticipated return, Virgin Money London Marathon has launched a campaign called “We Run Together”, aimed at celebrating “this landmark day and the joy it will bring to many thousands of people after 18 months of uncertainty living through the pandemic.”
Why is it not taking place in April?
After the 2020 London Marathon was postponed, and only allowed elite participants to compete due to the COVID-19 outbreak and its restrictions, the race has been taking place in October.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “Sunday 3 October will be an extraordinary day in our history and our We Run Together campaign captures perfectly how emotional and wonderful it will be.
“Back in 1981, my father Chris Brasher and John Disley created the London Marathon to show how the family of humankind can be united and ‘to have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world.’ This year, that is more important than ever before.
“On Sunday 3 October, wherever people are running their marathon – whether it be on the streets of London, or anywhere else in the world as part of the virtual event – they will do it together.
“That is what makes the London Marathon so special. We are one family. We Run Together.”
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