The London Marathon is back in its usual April spot and some of the world’s most elite long-distance athletes are set to compete across the capital city’s streets on Sunday – as well as thousands of others taking part in the general public.
Kenenisa Bekele, Kelvin Kiptum, Birhanu Legese and Mosinet Geremuw all set to compete, four of the five fastest male runners in history, while in the elite women’s list can be found world record holder Brigid Kosgei and last year’s winner Yalemzerf Yehualaw.
The course sees entrants will start in south Greenwich, heading back towards the centre of London on to cut by the Cutty Sark by the Thames, hugging the river as they travel through Bermondsey and crossing Tower Bridge. From there it’s through the old Docklands and Canary Wharf before doubling back to begin the final stretch through central London, passing the edge of St James’s Park and on to the famous finish on The Mall near Buckingham Palace.
Follow the 2023 London Marathon live below:
What time does the London Marathon start?
Here are all the start times for the day with the mini marathon already underway and the elite wheelchair race having just started too.
8.30am BST: Mini London marathon
8.50am: Elite wheelchair races
9.00am: Elite women’s race
9.30am: Elite men’s race and mass start
Karl Matchett23 April 2023 08:59
London Marathon: What time is the emergency alert system test?
Millions of mobile phones across the UK will emit a loud alarm and vibrate in a nationwide test of a new public alert system later this month.
The system is intended to be used in life-threatening situations including flooding and wildfires. The message will be received on 4G and 5G mobile phones, along with sound and vibration for up to 10 seconds.
However, the timing will coincide with several large public events including Premier League matches and the London Marathon. Find out more here:
Karl Matchett23 April 2023 08:55
London Marathon runners could face heavy rain for much of the race
Tens of thousands of people running this year’s London Marathon could be drenched in heavy rain for much of the race, forecasters have warned.
The Met Office has predicted a “very wet” Sunday in the capital with a higher than 50% chance of downpours persisting through a nine-hour window from 7am until 4pm.
Jonathan Vautrey, a spokesman for the forecaster, said runners will experience temperatures of around 10C.
Karl Matchett23 April 2023 08:49
‘There will be tears’: Can Mo Farah roll back the years in final London Marathon?
There will be tears when Sir Mo Farah turns away from Buckingham Palace on Sunday morning and dashes down The Mall one last time.
A final marathon for one of the all-time great Britons, who has been humbled by the alluring distance, growing wiser with age as he bids to conquer 26.2 miles for the first time since October 2019 when he finished eighth in Chicago in 2:09:58 – 4:47 slower than his personal best.
Now 40 years of age, Farah appreciates merely stepping on the start line, following a late withdrawal last year in London. Reflecting on a legendary career, which included four Olympic gold medals and the British marathon record, Farah is savouring the journey.
Karl Matchett23 April 2023 08:40
London Marathon live
The London Marathon returns in 2023 as one of the signature events on the distance-running calendar.
After a pandemic enforced shift in timing, this year sees the race revert to its traditional springtime place.
Thousands of entrants will aim to complete the 26.2 mile course, taking in the sights and the sounds as they weave through some of the city’s most famous streets.
And the elite racing crowns are set to be as hotly contested as ever, with strong fields named.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Karl Matchett23 April 2023 08:28