Virtual competition opens for runners who missed out on races after coronavirus hits events

Runners who missed out on a race because of coronavirus are being offered the chance to compete virtually.

Events all over the world have been scrapped or postponed, including the London Marathon – which has been put back to October from April.

Now online service Find A Race is aiming to make sure runners’ training does not go to waste with the introduction of Plan B, a virtual race for people to take part in wherever they are.

Runners will raise money for the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Credit: PA

The event is being organised by Rob Farrow, 41, who had himself been due to take part in the Madrid Marathon in April.

He said: “Having a goal is a real big driver for people.

"I guess it’s one of the reasons why just signing up for something like gym membership isn’t something that necessarily lasts.

“Having a goal like a race day to aim for and a medal to earn is something that really does motivate people.”

Runners can complete their chosen distance – from 5km to a marathon – wherever they are, or on a treadmill.

They must send proof of having completed the distance – such as a photo of the distance completed on a treadmill or a screenshot of a running app – to claim their medal.

Entry into the race costs from £10, with all profits going to the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Organisers say they have already made around £10,000, but would “love to get that closer towards six figures”.