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London Marathon 2024 LIVE: Record 50,000 runners descend on Greenwich Park for race start

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The London Marathon takes place today and ‘Hardest Geezer’ Russ Cook, the endurance athlete who recently ran the length of Africa, will be among the record number of people taking part in the 26.2 mile run.

More than 50,000 elite and charity runners will take to the streets of the capital on what is expected to be a dry and clear Sunday with cool temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius. This year’s race will mark the first time that wheelchair and non-disabled athletes will receive the same prize money for a marathon.

A world record: 578,000 people took part in voting for this event, making it the most popular marathon in the world. There will be a host of celebrities, including EastEnders cast members Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick, who will appear as part of a storyline in which their characters Honey and Jay play in memory of Jay’s late wife, Lola (played by Danielle Harold), who died from a brain tumor in 2023.

Follow all the latest updates from the London Marathon below.


How to burn fat and train for a marathon – no matter how fit you are

If you look at those running the London Marathon and wonder if you could do it, the good news is that it is absolutely possible, says Anna Magee. Even better are all the extra benefits you get from training for it…

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 09:12


London Marathon 2024 officially starts

They are gone! The wheelchair races for men and women have started.

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 9:07 AM


London Marathon 2024: Wheelchair racing begins

The wheelchair races can start at any time. British Paralympic great David Weir is taking part in his 25th London Marathon! An extraordinary achievement. He has won these eight times, but the ninth has eluded him since his last win in 2018. Swiss racer Marcel Hug has won the past three London Marathons and is back for a fourth as favourite…

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 9:05 AM


London Marathon ballot: how to get involved in next year’s race

Those who are inspired or want to experience the magic can sign up to participate in next year’s race. Here’s everything you need to know about the ballot and how you can get involved in next year’s race:

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 08:53


Some early photos as competitors arrive in Blackheath for the start of the marathon:

Canary Wharf in the background in Blackheath (REUTERS)

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 08:31


What is the prize money on offer at the London Marathon?

This year’s London Marathon will make history as it becomes the first marathon in the world to see wheelchair racers pay the same prize money as their able-bodied counterparts.

The wheelchair races at the London Marathon were already the richest in the world, but a further increase in prize money in 2024 by $54,500 (£43,000) will take the total prize pool to $308,000 (£243,000), bringing parity with the elite men’s and women’s races. -built fields.

This means that all winners of the London Marathon 2024 elite races will receive $55,000 (£44,000), with the runner-up earning $30,000 (£23,700) and third place $22,500 (£17,800).

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 08:14


What time does it start?

Here are today’s start times, with the wheelchair races getting underway just after 9am on a crisp London morning. The race for the elite women starts just before half past nine, before the elite men and then the mass start.

9:05 am – Elite wheelchair races for men and women.

9.25am – Elite Women’s Race.

10am – Elite men’s race followed by mass start.

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 08:01


ICYMI: Dad says his daughter’s cancer treatment is ‘a million times harder’ than the marathon

A father who ran the TCS London Marathon to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said his young daughter’s cancer treatment was “a million times harder” than completing 26.2 miles.

Sky, now four years old, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a tumor in her brain, in April 2021 after her parents noticed she was regularly losing her balance and not reaching certain developmental milestones.

Lawrence OstlereApril 21, 2024 07:36


Good morning and welcome to That of the Independents live coverage of the London Marathon.

The event starts in a few hours, with elite and charity runners taking part in the 26.2-mile run across the capital.

Stay up to date with all the latest updates.

Matt MathersApril 21, 2024 7:00 am


Date, times, route and how to watch the race

The London Marathon returns in 2024 with another action-packed day of elite and charity racing.

The annual road race in the English capital will once again be traditionally held in April, with thousands of people taking part in the mass participation event and bidding to complete the 26.2 mile course.

Here’s everything you need to know about when it starts, the route it will take and how to watch:

Matt MathersApril 21, 2024 6:00 am