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London Marathon 2022

🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ Save the date for the 2022 TCS London Marathon which returns to the streets of the capital on Sunday 2 October.  An iconic event on the UK sporting calendar, spectating is free on the route.

The 2022 London Marathon – the 42nd edition – once again takes place in October (as it did in 2021) before reverting to its usual April slot in 2023.

Breaking news: British distance running legend Sir Mo Farah has confirmed he will race at this year’s London Marathon, his first appearance since 2019.  Meanwhile Scottish star Eilish McColgan is set to make her London Marathon debut, 26 years on from her mother Liz’s famous 1996 triumph.  See below for more of our ‘Ones to watch’ in 2022.

Around 50,000 participants will run from Blackheath to The Mall in the traditional mass-participation London Marathon.  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.

In 2021 Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei and Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma won the women’s and men’s titles respectively.  Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar completed a Swiss double in the wheelchair races, with Britain’s David Weir coming third in the men’s race.

Who will reign supreme in 2022?  All will be revealed on the streets of the capital on one of the great dates in the sporting calendar.

ONES TO WATCH: Sir Mo Farah returns to the men’s elite race for the first time since 2019.  The four-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion has raced the London Marathon on three previous occasions, finishing eighth on his debut in 2014 (2:08:21), third in 2018 (2:06:21) and fifth in 2019 (2:05:39).  Farah’s personal best and British record of 2:05:11 was set when he won the Chicago Marathon in 2018.

Joining Farah in a loaded men’s race are three of the six men in history to have broken the 2:03 barrier.  40-year-old Kenenisa Bekele (2:01.41), Birhanu Legese (2:02.48), and Mosinet Geremew (2:02:.5).  Also in the field is defending champion Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia and Vincent Kipchumba the runner-up in London in 2020 and 2021.  Olympic bronze medalist and European record holder Bashir Abdi of Belgium (with a pb of 2:03.36) is one of eight men scheduled to race who have run sub-2:04 for a marathon.

In the women’s elite race, 31-year-old Eilish McColgan is set to make her London Marathon debut.  McColgan has been in superb form so far in 2022,  breaking the Scottish 10,000m track record in June having set a British and European 10km road record at the Great Manchester Run in May.  The Scot will face the toughest of opposition on her debut in the capital with world record holder Brigid Kosgei and defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei also confirmed for the start line.

🕘 Race start times

Approximate at this stage and subject to change nearer to raceday. 

8.50am – Elite Wheelchair race
9:00am – Elite Women’s Race
9.30am – Elite Men’s Race and Mass Start

📍 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.

🎟️ Spectating is free on the course.  See these tips on the best viewing spots and how to get around the course.

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