Following the new UK government guidelines, the Vitality Big Half has been postponed until August 2021
On Monday Boris Johnson announced the UK government’s new ‘road map’ plan to gradually ease pandemic restrictions, making the previous date of 25 April highly unlikely. If all the conditions are met, the government is set to remove all social-distancing measures on 21 June.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: “Following the government announcement of the planned roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, it is clear it is not possible to deliver a socially distanced The Vitality Big Half as planned on Sunday 25 April and the event will now go ahead on Sunday 22 August.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received as we have worked to find an alternative date, with particular thanks to City Hall, the host boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets, The Royal Parks, Canary Wharf, the Royal Museums Greenwich, Transport for London, the emergency services, Vitality and all our other sponsors.
“We know this postponement may be disappointing news for many but as the national vaccination programme continues to roll out, we are all looking forward to The Vitality Big Half taking place in August.
“We know that there will be questions from runners, charities and others. We are emailing all runners and charities today and we will also post regular updates on our website and social media channels.”
All runners will have their places automatically transferred to the new 22 August event date, with those who cannot take part offered a refund or a 2022 race place.