Niamh Kiernan, Longford Athletics Club, crossing the finish line as the first lady home in the 2019 Abbott Longford Marathon
The Longford Marathon Committee have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Abbott Longford Marathon due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The committee released a statement today; "We have carefully considered the logistics and challenges posed by the pandemic to the safe and successful running of our event on August 30 and we have reluctantly concluded that it will not be possible to stage the event while ensuring the health and safety of the runners, stewards, supporters and volunteers.
"If you have already entered this year’s race, then we thank you sincerely for your support for our event and we are sorry for the inconvenience that this cancellation will cause you. Your entry will be automatically transferred to next year’s race, however if you prefer then we will arrange a refund of your entry fee instead. If you wish to obtain a refund then please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will process a refund for you.
"We know that people have committed time and effort to training and preparation for this year’s race and we are organising a virtual event to mark the Abbott Longford Marathon to be held in the month of August 2020. More details on this will be announced on our website and our Facebook page very soon.
"The Committee wishes to thank our main sponsor Abbott for their ongoing support for the event through this difficult time.
"We intend to use the additional time and resources we have available to ensure that next year’s race will be a very special event, and bigger and better than ever before."