London Marathon 2020: Athletes to wear social-distancing tech


Athletes training together within the grounds of the biosecure bubble where the marathon will take place

picture copyrightBob Martin for London Marathon Occasions/PA Wire

picture captionThe elite runners spend race week in a bio-secure bubble, at a resort in St James’s Park

Employees and athletes in Sunday’s London Marathon should put on social-distancing know-how round their necks.

The Bump machine, which makes an audible alert when the wearer is just too near others, might be worn by the 100 elite rivals and 500 occasion coordinators.

The race, 19 laps of a closed course in St James’s Park, screened from public view, is the primary main marathon because the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers say.

Non-elite runners can take part in

a 24-hour virtual version of the occasion.

picture copyrightTharsus

picture captionThe Bump machine is worn across the neck

Designed by UK firm Tharsus, the Bump makes use of radio-frequency know-how, permitting organisers to trace when athletes and employees are inside an outlined distance of each other.

And if one assessments optimistic for coronavirus within the subsequent two weeks, those that have been in shut proximity might be notified.

picture copyrightBob Martin for London Marathon Occasions

picture captionAn athlete collects their machine

“This weekend’s occasion is the end result of months of planning round ship a socially distanced 2020 Virgin Cash London Marathon that’s secure for all individuals and stakeholders,” director Hugh Brasher stated.

“This know-how has performed an vital function, giving our athletes and inside groups further confidence to interact with the occasion safely.”

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