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Athletics: Great North Run cancellation adds to London Marathon doubts

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The cancellation of September's Great North Run half marathon on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased doubts about the London Marathon going ahead in October.

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – The Great North Run – Newcastle Gateshead – 18/9/11 General view of the finish line at South Shields during the Great North Run PHOTO: Reuters/ Action Images / Craig Brough/File Photo

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LONDON: The cancellation of September's Great North Run half marathon on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased doubts about the London Marathon going ahead in October.

Last year's men's race was won by Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah for a record sixth successive time, while the women's course record was beaten by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei.

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The annual half marathon would have been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as Britain's biggest mass-participation run with a record 60,000 entries.

The London Marathon has been rescheduled for Oct. 4 but remains uncertain.

Great North Run organisers said in a statement that the decision to cancel an event that raises more than 25 million pounds (US$31.50 million) for charity had not been taken lightly.

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