NO decision has yet been taken on the staging of the Great North Run.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the half marathon which runs from Newcastle to South Shields in mid-September.

The world’s largest half-marathon has over 50,000 taking part and thousands more lining the streets along the entire route to support the runners, who come from all over the United Kingdom and beyond.

The statement reads: “As we approach June which will mark 3 months to go, we want to give you an update on the status of Great North Run 2020.

“Firstly, please know that we aren’t ignoring you or the current situation, we read all comments, direct messages and emails, and are taking on board what you are saying.

“We’re aware that the latest Government guidelines indicate that social distancing will remain part of our lives for quite some time, and this obviously impacts the form that mass participation events will be able to take.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as making a quick decision to postpone or cancel and we are working in close consultation with our medical, planning teams and all key stakeholders whilst following the latest advice from the UK government.

“The Great North Run is a special event for every one of us, and even more special on this occasion as it’s the 40th celebration. We want to ensure that we take our time to get this right as any decision hugely impacts our charity partners and the economic impact to the region.

“But central to the run is the runners, so please know that your welfare will be central to our thinking and decisions, and that we will keep you informed.

“We’re aware that you may have travel and accommodation decisions to consider, as well as training and fundraising plans; as such we will endeavour to make a decision with our stakeholders about the staging of the event in good time.’’