The 33rd London Marathon will take place today as the world’s elite athletes tread the now familiar path around the streets of England’s capital city, alongside numerous club racers and thousands of fun runners looking to raise money for charitable causes.
The elite men’s race has attracted all three marathon medallists from last summer’s Olympics and six of the 10 fastest runners of all time. In addition, Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah will get his first taste of an elite marathon when he runs the first half of the course as a fact-finding mission ahead of his full marathon debut next year.
In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana defends the title she won last year but faces tough opposition from the likes of Kenyan world champion Edna Kiplagat and compatriot Priscah Jeptoo, who won silver at the London Olympics.
Great Britain’s four-time London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist David Weir and compatriot Shelly Woods will defend their wheelchair titles.
The coverage begins at 8:30am on BBC One and BBC One HD. Live coverage will also be available via the BBC Sport website at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/
Jonathan Edwards will present the coverage. He will be joined by Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Phil Jones, Sonali Shah and Katharine Merry. Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Paula Radcliffe.
There will be a highlights programme on BBC Two at 7pm tonight.