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Virgin Money London Marathon 28/04/2019 Posted On 24 April 2019

London Marathon

On Sunday 28th April, hundreds of thousands of runners, from professional athletes to amateurs, will take part in this year’s London Marathon

Beginning at Blackheath in East London, the 26.2-mile race passes through the heart of the capital before ending at the finish line opposite Buckingham Palace. Thousands upon thousands of spectators are set to be cheering on runners as they pass through the city.

This year’s marathon, once again sponsored by Virgin Money, will be a celebration of fundraising from the London Marathon crossing the 1 billion pound mark this year. The event has set a world record for fundraising for an annual one day event every year since 2007, and 2019’s 39th London Marathon will break the £1billion mark!

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 will celebrate its ‘Thanks a Billion’ campaign with elite athletes taking part in its races. In the men’s race, British legend and four-time winner Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah will line up against world record holder Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya. David Weir CBE, the most successful athlete in the history of the London Marathon, will return for his 20th successive year. The sixtime Paralympic champion has won the race eight times since he first completed the course in 2000 at the age of 19. Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot will be fighting to defend her London Marathon titles as she heads a starstudded line-up, which includes London winners of the last four majors. Cheruiyot will be joined by fellow Kenyans Gladys Cherono, Brigid Kosgei and Mary Keitany, who top the Abbott World Marathon Majors series XII rankings with 25 points apiece from their wins in Berlin, Chicago and New York.

For spectators, there are various places which are best for watching the action and looking out for friends or family taking part. Areas along the route such as Greenwich and Tower Bridge will likely be the most popular destinations for spectators, so arrive early if you want to grab a good space.

Once again, the day will be well covered by the BBC and broadcast live on BBC1 and BBC2, their website and via their red button. So, if you are attending the race as a runner or a spectator, you can watch the coverage afterwards to see if you can spot yourself amongst the crowds! The Elite Wheelchair Races start at 8.55am, and the Elite Women’s Race at 9.15am. The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race begin at 10am.

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