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Thousands of competitors have been left disappointed by the cancellation of this year's Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

Thousands of competitors have been left disappointed by the cancellation of this year's Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

Thousands of competitors have been left disappointed by the cancellation of this year's Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

The 2020 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon has been cancelled over safety concerns due to the coronavirus.

The race, which was to be staged on Sunday September 20, will now not take place this year, marking the first time in its 38 year history that it won't be run.

The Marathon had already been postponed once due to the effects of Covid-19, however now it has been cancelled altogether as the pandemic continues to impose lockdown restrictions on Northern Ireland.

All race entries have been deferred to 2021, which is currently scheduled to take place on Sunday May 2, while all entrants have been given a £5 Decathlon voucher and 10% off entry for the Belfast Half Marathon on 28 February 2021.

Race entrants can also opt to donate their voucher to either Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, the official charity partner of the Marathon, or to the St John Ambulance.

"Whilst we are saddened to have to cancel the marathon in 2020, it is absolutely for the right reasons," commented Hilary Hughes, marketing manager for Deep RiverRock.

"As title sponsor of the marathon, this is a date in our diaries we look forward to every year and, whilst 2020 will be a time to reminisce on fun moments from previous year's events, we are already looking forward to hydrating you all along the route and cheering you over the finish line in May 2021."

Belfast Telegraph