The TCS London Marathon is here with the streets of London set to be filled with spectators to cheer on around 50,000 runners.
Sir Mo Farah unfortunately was forced to pull out with a hip injury, but last year’s winner winner Sisay Lemma is back, while Kenenisa Bekele also runs – the Ethipian is the only man in the field to run under 2 hours 2 minutes with Eliud Kipchoge the only man faster in history.
Look out for Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in the elite women’s field, with her battle against Ethipians Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Ashete Bekere likely to be a compelling watch with all three women’s personal best times separated by just 15 seconds and sub-two hours and 18 minutes.
British interest centres around Charlotte Purdue, who has the 10th fastest time on paper in the women’s field, with Stephanie Twell also looking strong in the build-up. While Philip Sesemann will hope to be the first British man across the finish line again with Weynay Ghebresilasie and Mohamud Aadan also tipped to go well.
Here’s all you need to know about the race.
When is it?
The 2022 London Marathon takes place on Sunday, 2 October, which is the last time the legendary race will occur in autumn before reverting back to the spring next year after a Covid-enforced disruption.
08.30: Mini London marathon
08.50: Elite wheelchair races
09.00: Elite women’s race
09.30: Elite men’s race and mass start
How to watch on TV
The elite races and the iconic mass participation event will be broadcast live on the BBC this Sunday with coverage starting at 08:30 until 09:25 on BBC Two before switching to BBC One at 09:25 until 14:35.
There will be a live stream is available on the iPlayer.
You can also follow full live coverage of both the elite and mass participation races through our live blog.
Marathon world records
Elite men: 2hrs 1mins 09secs, Eliud Kipchoge, Berlin, September 2022.
For context, the average time for male runners is approximately 3 hours 48 mins.
Elite women: 2hrs 14mins 04secs, Brigid Kosgei, Chicago, October 2019.
While the average time for female runners is approximately 4 hours 23 mins.
What is the latest weather forecast?
The forecast is currently showing sunshine, with temperatures hovering in the mid teens, with a high of 18C as we pass midday.
What’s the route?
The start is near Blackheath in Greenwich, mile six will see runners go past the Cutty Sark and next at mile 12 they will see the Shard. The next milestone is at mile 18 where participants will run through Canary Wharf with the London Eye and Parliament at mile 25.
Then the finish line is at the Mall by Buckingham Palace.
London Marathon 2022 route
How will transport be impacted?
There will be many road closures in the south east and central London from 4am to 7pm. London buses in central London and Greenwich will terminate early, or take on a diverted route from 6.30am to 7.30pm and the DLR will have an alternative service until 5pm.
Both runners and spectators will also have to navigate the planned national train strike on Saturday, with travel now pushed back to Friday or those unable to arrive early forced to drive.
Trains will start later in the morning and finish much earlier in the evening on Saturday and there will be no trains at all across large parts of the network.
There will be no trains from London and a number of other major UK cities – including Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Brighton and Norwich.
The closest station to ExCeL London, where runners will pick up their race number and pack, is Custom House, which is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the Elizabeth line. Services on both lines will be running as normal.
There is a high chance of numerous protests too. The group Just Stop Oil have outlined a two-day plan to protest in the capital with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging those involved to steer clear of the 40,000 runners, who collectively raise £70 million for charities, including some whose work helps with climate change.
“What the London Marathon is about is inspiring people to use their legs, to exercise – not use transport – and is about charity fundraising,” said Brasher. “We have appropriate measures in place but we really hope the race won’t be disrupted.”
Where are the best viewing spots?
Busy areas include Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark. The ship provides a beautiful backdrop for the race, but it also brings with it among the largest crowds, with the race urging spectators to avoid this area and find alternative spots.
The iconic Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, while the crowds are packed across both sides of the roads from mile 24 to the finish in The Mall.
Due to the nature of the course, in its twistiest part, Canary Wharf can be a good spot to meet runners, from Limehouse at mile 14, all the way down to South Quay, Crossharbour and Mudchute before looping back through Canary Wharf and Poplar around mile 20 to start the route to the finish line through Embankment along the Thames. This part of the route gives spectators a chance to see runners on two or more occasions without travelling great distances.
Tower Hill, Birdcage Walk, Isle of Dogs, Woolwich and Cutty Sark are five other destinations that you’ll be able to have a good view of the race and some London sights.
You can meet runners after the finish line in the meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road.
Bookmakers are yet to release odds