London Landmarks organisers have announced a new date, delivery partner, theme and format for 2021
Organisers of the London Landmarks Half Marathon have announced that next year’s race will take place on 23 May 2021. 14,500 runners are set to take part in 2021, following the race’s 2020 cancellation back in March as coronavirus cases began to rise.
It was also announced that London Landmarks is entering into a 3-year partnership with The Great Run Company, the UK’s largest mass participation sport business, and is planning to ensure social distancing at next year’s event.
A one-off theme for 2021 will also be introduced, celebrating the coming-together of the UK during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The Grand. The Quirky. The Hidden.’ will showcase heroic actions from key workers, quirky lockdown moments to make runners smile and everyday acts of kindness that went unnoticed.
The full statement is as follows:
“The cancellation of the LLHM in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the many charities supported by our race so we are delighted to have secured a race date for 2021 which is in a later month in the year. We know there is a still lot of uncertainty about events in the current climate, so we are hopeful that this date provides a greater buffer against any potential future impact caused by the pandemic. We’d like to say a very special thank you to Westminster City Council, the City of London Corporation, TfL and our other agency partners for their ongoing support and working with us to find a new date in the busy London calendar.
“Whilst we cannot predict where we will be as a nation in eight months’ time, our aim is to develop a flexible plan that can be adapted to follow the latest DCMS and Run Britain guidance to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are in place on race day if required. We are looking to adapt many elements of the race from the assembly areas, the start and finish line experience, the route, feed stations, crowd flows, signage, communications, cheer stations and road closure timings. Our current modelling shows that we can safely accommodate up to 14,500 race starters within the space and time we have available and social distancing measures in place.
“We know runners may be nervous about returning to a race environment, but we are working closely with our stakeholders, partners and a leading crowd management specialist to create a safe race day experience for all involved. We will always put the safety of our LLHM community first.
“We know how challenging 2020 has been for so many, and we want to use LLHM 2021 as a platform to pay tribute to our nation’s key workers, the true heroes of lockdown along with celebrating the moments of kindness and community spirit and remembering our loved ones who sadly passed away.
Runners can expect to experience The Clapping Tunnel to relive the weekly Clap for Carers, Hero Highway to celebrate the inspirational actions of key workers, Quiz Corners to remember the classic Zoom quizzes of lockdown and the LLHM Memory Mile. As LLHM runners have come to expect, it will be an unforgettable race day experience not to be missed.”