Cardiff half marathon on Thursday became the latest big event to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the world. The marathon, which was initially scheduled for October 4, will now take place in March 2021.Also Read - No Vaccination at Civic, Govt Centres in Mumbai Today Due to Shortage of Doses: BMC
Last year, 27,500 runners reportedly participated in the race while in excess of 100,000 spectators were in attendance, making it one of the most popular marathons in the country. Also Read - Breaking News LIVE: Govt Approves Continuation of Samagra Shiksha Scheme For School Education Till 31 March 2026
Run 4 Wales chief executive Matt Newman stated hosting mass events in these unprecedented times aren’t feasible and that is why they have decided to postpone the marathon till next year. Also Read - UP Becomes First State to Clock 5 Crore Vaccination Mark As India Administers Over 48 crore Doses So Far
“There’s still uncertainty about what the autumn looks like,” Newman told BBC Sport.
“The prognosis is not very good at the moment and it looks like (mass) events are going to be one of the last things to come back when the world starts to settle down.
“Whilst we could have left this for 12 months and come back in the autumn of 2021, we wanted to give participants an option to come in March which we feel is long enough away for the world to start to come back to some sort of normality,” he added.
Next year will now see two marathons in the city as the 2021 edition of the race is still scheduled to be held on October 3.
(With agency inputs)