The Daily Telegraph

London Marathon opens new section for non-binary runners

- By Gabriella Swerling SOCIAL AFFAIRS EDITOR

THE London Marathon has introduced a “non-binary” category the first time in a bid to be “truly inclusive”.

All entrants to the 2023 event will be able to select male, female or non-binary in its entry system, which will open on Oct 1. Organisers said that the change is being introduced following an extensive review and consultati­on and also to make the event “the most diverse, equitable and inclusive marathon in the world”. It also means that, for the first time, non-binary runners will be ranked separately from their male and female counterpar­ts and can search for their running times accordingl­y.

Announcing the new category, Hugh Brasher, event director of the London Marathon, said: “This is a significan­t step forward for the TCS London Marathon as we continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive.

“We know there is still much more to be done, but changes such as this demonstrat­e our commitment to making the TCS London Marathon an event that is for everyone.”

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