London Landmarks Half Marathon gears up for summer
Popular charity race postponed to new August date
London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) is one of the newest and already highly regarded 13.1-mile races in the UK, with more than 10,000 competitors entering the inaugural event in 2018 and around 12,000 finishers in 2019. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the race has now been rescheduled for Sunday, 1 August 2021.
The postponed race is limited to 14,500 entries and after the public ballot for 2020 was 15-times oversubscribed, places are like gold dust. In fact, the only way to get a ticket to race this year is through one of some 200-plus charity partners. Those with places still available include Tommy’s, Prostate Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Guide Dogs, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Cancer Research UK.
LLHM organisers were working incredibly hard towards delivering the race in a socially-distanced format in May. However, following the Government’s timeline for easing national restrictions, they believe that postponing to summer is the most sensible option to give the event the best chance of going ahead while protecting the huge sums raised for charities.
Organisers state on LLHM's website: “We are of course disappointed not to go ahead in May, but with restrictions planned to be lifted by the summer, we feel optimistic that we will be in a much brighter place in August and we look forward to welcoming runners to a safe and very special race day. We will continue to plan for a range of scenarios, to ensure the health and safety of everyone on race day”.
All runners with a confirmed place in LLHM 2021 will automatically be transferred to the new date. If a ballot place runner is unable to make this date, they will be able to request a refund, a free deferral to LLHM 2022, or to donate their entry fee to Tommy’s. The first two editions of this instant classic have already raised in excess of £17 million for charity.
Course highlights include landmarks such as Nelson's Column, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London and Big Ben. The 2021 race will be themed to celebrate, commemorate and reflect on the landmark moments of how we are coming together as a nation during the pandemic of 2020 and 2021.
To read more about the event visit LLHM website here
To secure a charity place follow the instructions here
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