New Abbott World Marathon Majors Accumulator at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon
The men’s and women’s wheelchair races at the Virgin Money London Marathon will feature the new Abbott World Marathon Majors Accumulator sprint competition on the looped course in St James’s Park on Sunday 4 October.
There will be four sprints within each race (men’s and women’s) over a distance of c539 metres in the clockwise circuits of the course.
The athlete who records the fastest time over each sprint (who will not necessarily be the first athlete to complete the sprint) will win prize money in a “winner takes all” format. The same sum will be awarded to the charity of the athlete’s choice (each will select from a list of UK-registered charities that work in disability sport).
The sprints will be held at the start of Lap 5 (15 laps to go), start of Lap 9 (11 laps to go), start of Lap 13 (7 laps to go) and start of Lap 18 (2 laps to go).
The digital finish gantry (which is the start line for the Abbott World Marathon Majors Accumulator) will display the information to the athletes. The men’s and women’s sprints will take place at different times in the race so the left-hand side of the gantry will be used to display information for the men’s race and the right-hand side will be used to display information for the women’s race.
The prize money for each sprint will vary – see list below – and athletes will not know in advance the prize money for each of the sprints. This will be communicated to them during the race by using the digital gantry display in the lap before the sprint.
The prize money for the four sprints will be $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 in each of the men’s and women’s races.
The total prize money available is $10,000 for each race and the total donations available for charities is $10,000 for each race (grant total of $40,000).
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “The Abbott World Marathon Majors Accumulator is an exciting addition to the wheelchair races and builds on the concept of the Abbott Flying 400 sprint competition we introduced last year. It’s very popular with the athletes, adds an exciting element for the TV viewers and supports charities that do so much to enable people with a disability to participate in and enjoy sport.”
The men’s and women’s wheelchair races start at 13:10 on Sunday 4 October and will be broadcast live on BBC 2, with uninterrupted coverage on the Red Button and BBC Sport website.