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Athletics

London Marathon 2024

🏅 An iconic event on the UK sporting calendar, the 2024 TCS London Marathon featuring a cast of thousands is all set for more sporting history on the streets of London.  Spectating is free on the route.

The London Marathon celebrates its 44th edition this April.  Another stellar line-up featuring the world’s greatest marathon runners are set to take part in this iconic race that first took place in 1981. 

Some 50,000 participants will run from Blackheath to The Mall in the traditional mass-participation London Marathon taking in famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge.  Included in the field will be the best athletes in the world competing in the elite wheelchair races, the para marathon championships, elite women’s race and elite men’s race.

👀 Read on for spectator information and a preview of the 2024 race!

SPECTATING ESSENTIALS

🕘 Race start times (subject to confirmation)

9.15am – Elite Wheelchair races.
9:30am – Elite Women’s Race.
10.00am – Elite Men’s Race and Mass Start.

🎟️ Spectating is free on the course.  See below for the London Marathon route map and a description of the course.  And click here to download a copy.

📍 The route: Elite races start in Blackheath, Lewisham.  The mass race starts at Blackheath and Greenwich Park.  From Blackheath the race heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles.  It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge (just before the 13.1 mile mark) before looping around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace to finish on The Mall.  Use the  Transport for London website to navigate the different parts of the course.  

Be aware that on the busiest areas of the course spectators can be several deep on the barriers.  This makes it difficult to get a clear view of the runners unless you arrive early to secure a place.  These areas include Greenwich town centre and Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and from mile 24 on the Embankment to the finish on the The Mall.

2023 REVIEW & 2024 RACE PREVIEW

In 2023 Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum (who would go on to break Eliud Kipchoge’s world record in October at the Chicago Marathon) stormed to victory in the elite men’s race.  Kiptum smashed the course record to win in 2:01.25, then the second fastest time ever.  GB’s Emile Cairess was sixth in a time of 2:08.07 on his marathon debut.  Long distance legend Sir Mo Farah bowed out in his last London Marathon with a top-ten finish.  

Sifan Hassan made a stunning marathon debut winning the elite women’s race in a time of 2:18.33.  At one stage it looked as though the double Olympic champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m would need to drop out with a hip issue but she persevered to win in stunning style.  Samantha Harrison was the first Brit home in a time of 2:25.59 taking her sixth on the UK all-time list.

Marcel Hug reigned supreme once again in the elite wheelchair men’s race crossing the line in 1:23.44.  Madison de Rozrio just held off Switzerland’s Manuela Schar in a sprint finish to win the elite wheelchair women’s race in 1:38.51.  

Who will reign supreme in the latest running of this iconic race?  All will be revealed on the streets of the capital on one of the great dates in the sporting calendar.  Watch this space for our ‘ones to watch’ which will appear here as soon as the 2024 startlists are confirmed! 

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