Organisers of the Loch Ness Marathon have cancelled this year's event due to ongoing problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic
Organisers of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running have announced that this year’s event has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The popular scenic marathon and its accompanying 10K, 5K and family events were due to take place on 4 October 2020 but have now been cancelled as the challenges posed by the virus prove to be increasingly difficult for race organisers to navigate.
Last year’s event attracted 9,500 participants, with runners from all over the world travelling to Scotland to take on the marathon, raising over £1 million for charity. This is the first time in its 18-year history that the race has been cancelled.
Organisers have not taken the decision lightly, consulting partners and sponsors as well as conducting a survey amongst their runners so as to consider the concerns of all involved. For the welfare of all those involved the tough decision was made to cancel this year’s event.
All placeholders should now have been contacted and offered the opportunity to take part in next year’s race.
Commenting on the decision, Malcolm Sutherland, Event & Race Director of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, said: “I would like to extend my thanks to all those signed up for the 2020 event for their patience and support during this uncertain and very challenging time.
“The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is a highlight of the UK running calendar with one of the most spectacular marathon routes in the world and has also gained a reputation as one of the most memorable. We pride ourselves on offering a very special Highland experience and we are concerned this would be lost were we to stage the event with all the necessary physical distancing measures and other restrictions in place. Instead, we will put our efforts into ensuring the 2021 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is an outstanding experience for everyone.
“We also understand the many weeks of training required to prepare for this event, that many of you will be starting your 12-week training programme and many are fundraising for charity. We will therefore be working with our partner charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer Scotland, Cancer Research UK and the Highland Hospice and a host of other charities – to maximise fundraising in 2021.
“We really hope those due to take part this year will join us in 2021 – we can’t wait to see you then.”