London 2017 has announced that the non-track events at the IAAF World Championships will be managed by The Great Run Company following an open tender process carried out using standard UKA procurement protocols.
The events include the men’s and women’s marathons and the 50k and 20k walks.
The Great Run Company specialise in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation sporting events including the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.
Chief Executive of the Great Run Company, Mark Hollinshead said, “This appointment is testament to the experience and expertise of our team and we look forward to contributing to what will be a tremendous World Championships.”
Says Peter Marlow:
"I have been asked to comment on the decision to hold three races ina day in the 2017 World Championships.The World championships are not the Olympics and do not have theirpulling power. The London Olympics had five events finishing in the same place and they had three weekends of closure in the Mall.We looked at several courses in Hyde Park and they were not suitableto hold a World Championship event. The Mall is not available on 5thand 6th August. The only available date is the 13th August and the LOC have agreed to hold three events in one day.The IAAF walking committee, which includes four Olympic medallists, voted in favour of three walks in one day."
The IAAF World Championships London 2017 takes place 4th to 13th August 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Men’s and Women’s Marathon will take place on Sunday 6th August from 10:55