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2022 Standard Chartered Great City Race postponed due to extreme weather warning

on 15 Jul 2022

5K challenge was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19 July, when temperatures are forecast to be in excess of 38°C

15 July 2022, London, United Kingdom – The 2022 Standard Chartered Great City Race, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 19 July, has been postponed due to an extreme weather warning.

The Met Office has issued a red weather warning for Tuesday 19 July when more than 5,000 people were due to take part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race, a 5K challenge held on a route in the City of London.

The event was planned to start at 19:15. The Met Office is currently forecasting the temperature to be around 35°C at this time.

Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Events, and Event Director of the race, said: “The health and safety of our participants is always our number one priority and as the UK experiences the current extreme heatwave, with a red weather warning from the Met Office and temperatures predicted to reach 38°C in central London on Tuesday, we believe the responsible decision is to postpone the Standard Chartered Great City Race.

“We know this will be disappointing news for the thousands of runners set to take part, but the health and safety of our participants, stakeholders, contractors, volunteers and staff will always remain our priority.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from Standard Chartered, the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the City of London, the London Borough of Islington, the emergency services and many others and we are working with them to find an alternative date.”

Sonia Rossetti, Regional Head, Corporate Affairs & Brand & Marketing, Europe & Americas at Standard Chartered, said “Whilst I’m disappointed that we won’t be getting together on Tuesday, the health and safety of the runners and those who support the delivery of the event is paramount. This fantastic occasion creates such a great atmosphere in the City of London, and for those who take part in Run From Home, so I’m delighted that we are working towards the option of holding the 2022 Standard Chartered Great City Race at a later date this summer.”

Due to take place on the same date, the virtual element of the Standard Chartered Great City Race on Tuesday 19 July, Run From Home, has also been postponed and registered participants will be contacted in due course.

All participants have been sent an email and an SMS message today informing them of the decision and they will be updated via email in the coming weeks with any further information on a rearranged event and their options.

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For further information please contact:

Kate Matthews

Manager, Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing, Europe

Standard Chartered

+44 20 7885 7899

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About The Standard Chartered Great City Race

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  • The Standard Chartered Great City Race is an annual corporate 5km challenge that traditionally takes place on closed roads through the City of London
  • It was first held in 2005
  • In 2019, 309 teams with 6396 participants entered the event
  • In 2020, the first ever virtual Standard Chartered Great City Race was held with more than 200 teams taking part
  • In 2021, the race returned in full with 216 teams participating in person and 104 taking part in Run From Home

About London Marathon Events

London Marathon Events (LME) organises a series of mass participation events inspiring more than 200,000 participants every year. Its portfolio of world class events includes the world’s greatest marathon and the world’s greatest festival of cycling. LME’s running events incorporate the British Championships for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and one mile distances. The mass participation events are:

  • The Vitality Big Half, The Little Half and The Big Mile
  • Virgin Money London Marathon and the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon
  • Vitality Westminster Mile
  • Vitality London 10,000
  • Standard Chartered Great City Race
  • RideLondon
  • Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine

London Marathon Events gifts its trading surplus every year to The London Marathon Charitable Trust. Both organisations share a vision of Inspiring Activity and mission to inspire and enable people to become and remain physically active across all demographics and abilities. Since 1981, The Trust has made grants totalling in excess of £93 million to more than 1,490 projects in London and across the UK that help people to become and remain active.

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