Nissan is proud to be supporting the sustainable ambitions of one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events by becoming Official Vehicle Supplier to the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Nissan is providing a number of e-NV200 – the company’s 100 per cent electric van – to use as official lead vehicles during the elite races.
The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon is being held on Sunday October 4. The impacts of COVID-19 mean that this year the elite races – Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair – take place in a biosphere environment on a closed loop course around St James’s Park, finishing on the iconic Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “We are fully committed to reducing our environmental impact and leading the world in our event sustainability.
”Working with Nissan to use electric vehicles at the event minimises the carbon output from our vehicle operations and helps provide our elite athletes with the optimal conditions to perform at their very best.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., said: ‘‘Nissan is very proud to be supporting one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we’re proving that greater electrification of vehicles can benefit all aspects of society, from cleaner air to safer streets. We’re delighted to be making this year’s race a truly electric one to watch!”
Some of the best marathoners of all time including Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele, Brigid Kosgei, Manuela Schär and David Weir, will be competing in the elite races. Sir Mo Farah will also run as a pacemaker for British hopefuls attempting secure a qualifying time for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
A virtual version of The 40th Race will see 45,000 runners from across the UK and the world run the Virgin Money London Marathon their way. Participants will have 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the 26.2 miles, which they can choose to run, walk or jog – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.