London Marathon

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1145
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you share my concern at reports that the 2016 London Marathon may be staged on the same day as a Jewish festival, preventing many Jewish people and charities from participating? Would you use any influence you have with Marathon organisers to ask them to reconsider this date?

Answer

Answer for London Marathon

Answer for London Marathon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Marathon is an independent organisation, governed by an independent board of directors and Trustees. As such, it is not appropriate for me to intervene directly in London Marathon's decision-making processes.

Ultimately, the date of the race is dictated by a whole range of logistical and operational factors including the availability of key resources and facilities, major infrastructure works and the dates of certain other events. The final decision for the race date is reached in agreement between London Marathon, the six London boroughs, Royal Parks, Transport for London and Metropolitan Police Service.

I understand that this would be the first time in 36 years of the Marathon that there has been a clash with Passover.

The London Marathon is fully aware of the consequences on London's Jewish communities of running the race on the second day of Passover and the Chief Executive has taken great care to consult about the date. I understand that he has also offered to the CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council to meet with the main Jewish charities to discuss this.