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What time is the London Marathon today? Start, route and how to watch on TV

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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.

Follow the latest updates from the London Marathon LIVE

A busy day will also see two strong elite fields and the best wheelchair racers in the world competing.

Sifan Hassan was the winner of the women’s elite race last year, while the men’s event will have an air of sadness following the death of Kelvin Kiptum, the 2023 champion, in February.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When is the London Marathon?

The London Marathon 2024 is today, Sunday April 21.

What time does it 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.

How can I view it?

Viewers in the UK can watch the London Marathon live on the BBC, with extensive television coverage and online streaming available via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

What is the route?

The route for the event remains largely unchanged since the race’s first edition in 1981. Competitors start in the south of Greenwich and embark on a largely flat course eastwards before folding back into central London at Woolwich Church Street.

From there, runners will wind along the Cutty Sark near the Thames, hugging the river as they travel through Bermondsey and cross Tower Bridge. A right turn takes participants into the heart of the old Docklands, winding through Canary Wharf before turning back to begin the final stretch through central London. A dip through an underpass at Blackfriars takes runners to the Embankment with the Thames on their left and turns right at Westminster Bridge.

Two more right turns on the edge of St James’s Park take the field to the famous finish on The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

What is the women’s elite field?

The elite women’s marathon is led by Tigst Assefa, who broke the world record in Berlin last September. Former record holder Brigid Kosgei will try to challenge her. The field is complete:

  • Tigst ASSEFA (ETH, 2:11:53 WR)
  • Brigid KOSGEI (KEN, 2:14:04)
  • Ruth CHEPNGETICH (KEN, 2:14:18)
  • Tigist KETEMA (ETH, 2:16:07)
  • Almaz AYANA (ETH, 2:16:22)
  • Megertu ALEMU (ETH, 2:17:09)
  • Peres JEPCHIRCHIR (KEN, 2:17:16)
  • Joyciline JEPKOSGEI (KEN, 2:17:23)
  • Yalemzerf YEHUALAW (ETH, 2:17:23)
  • Sheila CHEPKIRUI (KEN, 2:17:29)
  • Tsige HAILESLASE (ETH, 2:22:10)
  • Susanna SULLIVAN (USA, 2:24:27)
  • Manon TRAPP (FRA, 2:25:48)
  • Becky BRIGGS (GBR, 2:29:04)
  • Alice WRIGHT (GBR, 2:29:08)
  • Anya CULLING (GBR, 2:34:45)
  • Rachel HODGKINSON (GBR, 2:34:46)
  • Helen GAUNT (GBR, 2:35:38)
  • Mhairi MACLENNAN (GBR, debut)
  • Lucy REID (GBR, debut)

What is the men’s elite field?

Reigning New York City Marathon champion Tamirat Tola, legendary Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and last year’s runner-up Geoffrey Kamworor are among an intriguing field of men:

  • Kenenisa BEKELE (ETH, 2:01:41)
  • Mosinet GEREMEW (ETH, 2:02:55)
  • Alexander Mutiso MUNYAO (KEN, 2:03:11)
  • Tamirat TOLA (ETH, 2:03:39)
  • Dawit WOLDE (ETH, 2:03:48)
  • Kinde ATANAW (ETH, 2:03:51)
  • Leul GEBRESILASE (ETH, 2:04:02)
  • Geoffrey KAMWOROR (KEN, 2:04:23)
  • Seifu TURA (ETH, 2:04:29)
  • Daniel DO NASCIMENTO (BRA, 2:04:51)
  • Addisu GOBENA (ETH, 2:05:01)
  • Milkesa MENGESHA (ETH, 2:05:29)
  • Henok TESFAY (ERI, 2:07:12)
  • Emile CAIRESS (GBR, 2:08:07)
  • Callum HAWKINS (GBR, 2:08:14)
  • Hassan CHAHDI (FRA, 2:08:19)
  • Mahamed MAHAMED (GBR, 2:08:40)
  • Brian SHRADER (USA, 2:09:46)
  • Weynay GHEBRESILASIA (GBR, 2:09:50)
  • Andrew HEYES (GBR, 2:13:52)
  • Alexander LEPRETRE (GBR, 2:15:01)
  • Hiko Tonosa HASO (IRL, 2:15:01)
  • Norman SHREEVE (GBR, 2:16:17)
  • Alex MILNE (GBR, 2:16:30)
  • William MYCROFT (GBR, 2:17:02)
  • David BISSCHOP (GBR, 2:17:06)
  • Adam BOWDEN (GBR, 2:17:18)
  • Kieran WALKER (GBR, 2:17:30)
  • Alexander LAWRENCE (GBR, 2:17:41)
  • Daniel HAMILTON (GBR, 2:17:59)
  • Dominic JONES (GBR, 2:18:15)
  • Fraser STEWART (GBR, 2:18:34)
  • Tom FRITH (GBR, 2:18:35)
  • James HOAD (GBR, 2:18:38)
  • Ryan THOMSON (GBR, 2:18:46)
  • Martin HOARE (IRL, 2:18:57)
  • Charlie SANDISON (GBR, 2:19:22)
  • Paulos SURAFEL (GBR, no time)
  • Daniel MATEIKO (KEN, no time)
  • Jacob ALLEN (GBR, debut)
  • Kieran CLEMENTS (GBR, debut)
  • Marc SCOTT (GBR, debut)
  • Sean TOBIN (IRL, debut)

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).