The Barcelona Marathon has been postponed until October ©Getty Images

Barcelona Marathon organisers have confirmed the event will now take place in October, as city officials aim to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The marathon had been due to take place on March 15.

Organisers held a meeting with Barcelona City Hall’s sports department and health authorities to determine the fate of the race.

A decision was taken to postpone the race, with the race having been rescheduled to take place in October.

“We are truly sad to inform you that the marathon of Barcelona has been postponed to the 25th October,” a statement read.

“This was due to security reasons with regards with COVID 19 and following the WHO [World Health Organization] & Health Authorities recommendations on this matter for major international events.

“Nevertheless, we still want you to live the magic experience of running the Marathon of Barcelona.

“We will keep your registration for the postponed race which will take place on the 25th October or, if you prefer, for the 2021 edition in March.”

Spain has had a reported 525 cases of coronavirus, which has been given the name COVID-19 by the WHO.

More than 106,000 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in 3,600 deaths.

A reported 60,000 people infected with the virus have recovered.

The Barcelona Marathon is among numerous sporting events impacted by the outbreak, with several other major public events having been cancelled.

The Rome Marathon, due to take place on March 29, was cancelled by organisers with Italy currently experiencing the biggest outbreak in Europe.

Organisers of the Paris Marathon have moved the event from April 5 to October 18.