The mass participation London Marathon has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but an elite-only race, on a multi-lap, fan-free circuit and featuring Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, will be held on Oct. 4, organisers said on Thursday.

The 2021 version of the race – held in March or April since it began in 1981 – will be held on Oct. 3.

London’s elite-only race will be held without spectators on a 19.8 lap course in a “controlled secure biosphere” around St James’s Park. The finish line will be in its traditional place on The Mall.

Defending champion Kipchoge of Kenya, who became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon in an unofficial race in Vienna last October, is seeking a record fifth London title.

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