With each passing day, the landscape around Covid-19 / Coronavirus becomes more uncertain.
In itself, this is a signal to me to be committing every sinew I have to support others experiencing the most difficult time imaginable. Make no mistake, we are in unchartered territory, certainly in my lifetime.
The charities that I'm supporting do not need the help and support any less now than they did prior to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Equally certain, however, is the fact that marathon running has never been further from the agenda than at this time.
Simply put, we just do not know when it will be safe for any mass participation events to take place, and following on from my post last week, I am absolutely delighted that the organisers of the Boston and London marathons, along with several others, took the decision to postpone their spring races.
They have been rescheduled for Autumn and all we can do is pray, for humanity far beyond the importance of marathon running, that the events can take place without endangering the lives and health of thousands.
With this in mind, the #20in2020 campaign is currently on hold. Assuming that there is no possibility of running in a mass events for at least 3 months, it would be an unnecessary risk to my physical fitness to attempt to complete all 20 events in a period of what might be six months.
If I am able to start the campaign on 9 May, I will make a decision at that point as to whether I run all 20 in an 8 month period, therefore completing #20in2020.
If it starts any later than that, there will be two options available:
- 20 in a 12 month period from whatever day I run the first one #20in12months
- Postponement of the campaign to 2021 #21in2021
The reality is that nothing is more important than the current threat to life as we know it, and that definitely includes this campaign.
For all that have already donated, I will be messaging over the coming days but would ask you to subscribe to my newsletter updates.
I am, as ever, so grateful and humbled by your generosity, encouragement, love and support.
Right now, as a Christian, my purpose is not to run with perseverance the physical races ahead of me, but to run the life of loving and reaching out to others in this awfully difficult time.
Love and thanks