Everything You Need To Know About The 2024 London Marathon

Your complete guide to one of the world's biggest marathons, including how to live stream London, how to track a runner, and the key storylines in the race


When And How To Watch The London Marathon

You can follow our live coverage of the London Marathon on race day here, starting at 8:00 a.m. GMT Sunday morning (60 minutes before the race start time). Follow here, for visit our homepage.

Start Date

The 2024 London Marathon is slated for Sunday, April 21, 2024

Start Time

The professional women will go off at 9:00 a.m. GMT (4:00 a.m. ET).

The professional men will go off 40 minutes later at 9:40 a.m. GMT (4:40 a.m. ET).

Have family or friends running the race? We have the full list of start times below:

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How to Watch The London Marathon

If you’re in the UK watching from home, live coverage of the London Marathon on BBC One will begin early at 8:30 a.m. GMT and will run all the way through until the end of the elite races at 2:00 p.m. GMT.

BBC Two will take over and continue coverage for one more hour, from 2:00 p.m. GMT until 3:00 p.m. GMT. At 18:00, BBC Two will be providing a highlights show from the race.

BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sports app will have two continuous on-course cameras, so you can spot your loved ones if you can’t attend the event.

The first camera will be located on Tower Bridge and will be live from 11:30 a.m. GMT until 2:30 p.m. GMT.

The second camera will be located at the Finish Line and will be live from 1:00 p.m. GMT until 6:00 p.m. GMT.

If you’re watching from abroad, the following broadcasters will be live streaming the event.

RegionWhere To Watch
Australia, Canada, USAFloTrack
BrazilESPN Brazil, Star+
ChinaGreat Sports
China, Japan, MENA Territories, New ZealandOlympic Channel
Pan AfricaSuperSport
Pan Asia and Pan EuropeEurosport, discovery+
Pan Latin AmericaESPN, Star+

The following broadcasters have news broadcasts of the event.

RegionWhere To Watch
Most of EuropeEBU
WorldwideReuters, SNTV

How to Track an Individual Runner

You can search for any individual runner participating in the 2024 London Marathon right here. You can also set up a leaderboard to track the elite races. After the race, you can find the finishing results along with splits of any runner in either the elite field or the mass participation race.

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Course Map

The London Marathon course is renowned for bringing runners through the city’s countless landmarks and has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981.

The race begins in the south-east area of London at Greenwich Park and finishes at the iconic Buckingham Palace.

Whether you’re a spectator or participant, there’s loads to see along the course:

  • Mile 6: Cutty Sark
  • Mile 12: Tower Bridge
  • Mile 18: Canary Wharf
  • Mile 22: The Tower of London
  • Mile 25: Big Ben
  • Mile 26: Buckingham Palace

The course itself is quite the opposite of the grippy Boston Marathon. The London Marathon is regarded as relatively flat and doesn’t feature many challenging climbs.



Unlike typical British weather, there is currently no rain in the forecast for Sunday.

With a high of 12 degrees Celsius and a low of 4 degrees Celsius, runners will appreciate the relatively mild temperatures.

However, with a steady wind of 19km/h, this may cause issues for runners, especially if running solo, on certain parts of the course.

Prize Money

Prize money at the London Marathon is equally distributed amongst the men and women in all divisions. Additionally, the London Marathon has become the first Major to offer equal prize money among the elite men, elite women, and elite wheelchair divisions (men and women).

There is a total of $308,000 in prize money available in each division.


Men’s And Women’s Elite Start Lists

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Men’s Startlist

  • 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 Ghebresilasie (GBR) 2:09:50
  • Marc Scott (GBR) debut
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Women’s Start List

  • Tigst Assefa (ETH) 2:11:53
  • 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

Key Storylines – A Women’s Field That Could Rewrite History

The 2024 London Marathon is gearing up to host an elite women’s field that could rewrite the record books. With three of the four fastest women in history set to compete, we could see something special on the record-eligible, flat and fast course.

One runner you won’t want to miss is Tigst Assefa.

When the world record holder is making her debut since her stunning run in Berlin, you can guarantee all eyes will be on her.

Last year, Assefa shocked the world after her win at the Berlin Marathon, where she shattered the world record.

Assefa, clocking 2:11:53, took down Brigid Kosgei’s record of 2:14:04 by over two minutes and became the first woman to run under 2:14, 2:13, and 2:12.

You also won’t want to miss Birgid Kosgei.

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Photo Credit: Bob Martin for London Marathon Events

Despite only being 30 years old, Kosgei is a respected veteran of the sport.

The former world record holder has a laundry list of palmares, including an Olympic silver medal and five Major Marathon wins. Kosgei held the record in the marathon of 2:14:04 for nearly four years after she broke Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old record at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

She’ll be coming into this race with something to prove and will likely have eyes on reclaiming her title at the top.

Among the top women are Peres Jepchirchir and Ruth Chepngetich.

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Jepchirchir is the only athlete to have ever won the Olympic marathon, the New York City Marathon, and the Boston Marathon. She is also the best half marathon runner in the world and is known to be able to fend off opponents in the back end of the race.

She’s got years of wisdom and experience, and if the race is still together towards the end, don’t be surprised if she launches a calculated surge.

Chepngetich is the fourth-fastest marathoner of all time and is renowned for an aggressive racing style, so it won’t be surprising if we see her set a blistering pace early to threaten the world record and women’s-only world record.

Chepngetich is also one of the most consistent elite women, so despite her likely setting a hard pace early, you can still expect her to threaten the podium.

Don’t forget, you can follow our live coverage of the London Marathon on race day here, starting at 8:00 a.m. GMT Sunday morning (60 minutes before the race start time).

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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