October date announced for 2022 London Marathon

The race will be held in the autumn for its third consecutive year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

London Marathon 2019. Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images
London Marathon 2019. Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The 2022 London Marathon will be held on 2 October next year, event organisers have announced. 

This will be the third year in a row that the marathon will take place in the autumn rather than its traditional spring slot, following disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The last full race was held in April 2019, and raised a record £66.4m for good causes. 

In a statement published on the event website, London Marathon Events added that holding the race in October 2022 would give “the best chances of welcoming the world to the streets of London”. 

Hugh Brasher, event director of London Marathon Events, said: “We are living in a hugely uncertain world – a world where different approaches to managing Covid-19 are being explored and executed.

“We believe that by moving the 2022 event to October we give ourselves the best chances of welcoming the world to the streets of London, enabling tens of millions to be raised for good causes and giving people the certainty that their hard work and training will allow them to experience the amazing crowds cheering them every step of the way from Greenwich to Westminster.” 

Brasher confirmed that the London Marathon would return to its traditional slot in the calendar in 2023, taking place on Sunday 23 April. 

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 3 October, with amateur racers returning to the famous course for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began. 

A record number of runners are due to take part, with the race expected to include around 100,000 participants

This includes 50,000 virtual marathon places, with runners around the world completing their own 26.2-mile race over 24 hours at a location of their choice.  

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