The 2020 New Forest Marathon will now take place in Wimborne on the new date of 19-20 September after the Forestry Commission ruled that it could not go ahead as usual at New Park showground in Brockenhurst
The full and half marathons, as well as the 10k and 5k races, will now take place over the weekend of 19th and 20th September at St Giles House, Wimborne, a 6,000-acre private estate 10 miles north-west of Ringwood.
The venue offers forest tracks which the organisers hope will go some way to replicating running through the New Forest.
A 5k run will be held on the Saturday morning with the full marathon following in the afternoon. On Sunday a 10k run takes place in the morning with a half-marathon in the afternoon.
Among the safety measures are no spectators, a one-way system, and runners setting off in single file to maintain social distancing. A track and trace system will be in place and there will a pre-entry health check. In between races, toilets and drink stations will be cleaned and sterilised.