London Marathon organisers to host trial event before return to racing - Women's Running

London Marathon organisers to host trial event before return to racing

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  April 7, 2021

London Marathon Events will host a Reunion 10K for the UK Government to serve as a test before live events return

London Marathon Events have been tasked with testing a return to mass events by the UK Government. The Reunion 10K is set to gather scientific data that will help shape the future of live events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three separate 10K events will take place over the weekend of 24-25 April 2021 in Hatfield Park, London. 3,000 different participants will attend each of the races, with up to 3,000 spectators also permitted at all three runs, with mandatory COVID testing for everyone, including staff. Those who have already been vaccinated will be able to attend the events, though this won’t be a requirement.

The pilot event has been designed in cooperation with officials from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, and should shed light on whether the current aim to ease all social distancing restrictions on 21 June will be feasible.

Public Health England are also working hard to organise the Reunion 10K, along with LME organisers and local council representatives.

“The Government’s Events Research Programme is a very significant step towards the safe return of events and London Marathon Events, along with our fellow mass participation event organisers, is doing everything we can to assist the Government with this project,” said Hugh Brasher, event director of LME.

You’ll be able to enter the event on 8 April, and if you test positive for COVID-19 before running you’ll receive a refund for your entry fee.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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