Organisers of the Great Ireland Run have announced that this year's running of the event will not take place.

The Great Ireland run had originally been schduled for 5 April  in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, but was postponed due to coranavirus measures.

While no new date was announced at the time of the postponement, organisers had hoped to hold the event at sometime this year, but as this is no longer possible the next Great Ireland Run will not take place until 2021.

All entries for the this year's race will be valid for the 2021 event. For those who do not wish to avail of this, a full refund option is available.

Dermot Nagle, Race Director said: "We know this is extremely disappointing for all runners, and we thank everyone who had entered up until this point for their patience in allowing us to examine every possible option available to us.

"We made the difficult decision in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of all those involved in the event.

"We thank all of our participants, suppliers, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support, and we look forward to making the 2021 edition a real celebration of running."

Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams added: "We are all disappointed that one of the top recreational road races in the country, as well as our own National 10km Championships will not take place in 2020.

"Postponing this year's race is the right and responsible decision and we can all look forward to a fantastic event when the Great Ireland Run returns in 2021.

"We must say a huge thank you to our sponsors Deep Heat and Deep Freeze who have remained committed to the event throughout."