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How to follow the Virgin Money London Marathon

The 36th edition of the London Marathon saw defending men's champion Eliud Kipchoge break the course record and Jemima Sumgong recover from a dramatic fall to take victory in the women's race. With more Guinness World Records set to fall, the 2017 race promises to be one of the best yet – make sure you do not miss any of the action with our how to watch guide...


The  Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon starts at Old Billingsgate at 08:40 – this consists of three-mile races for different youth categories.

The official start times for 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon are as follows:

  • 08:55 – London 2017 World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon elite wheelchair race
  • 09:00 – London 2017 World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulant athletes)
  • 09:15 – Virgin Money London Marathon for Elite Women 
  • 10:00 – Elite Men and the British Athletics and England Athletics Championships for Men and Women and the Virgin Money London Marathon Mass Start

A specially formulated real-time pace guide can be found  here.

On the streets of London

If you’re planning to join in the famous London Marathon carnival atmosphere on Race Day, then make sure to check out our Spectator Info for maps, a list of participating pubs and advice on which areas to avoid. For travel updates and to plan your journey, visit: www.tfl.gov.uk.


The BBC’s coverage of the Virgin Money London Marathon is multi-platform, with the audience able to follow the action on the BBC Sport website, the Red Button service and social media – as well as on traditional mainstream network television and radio.

The core television coverage has dedicated expert presenters, reporters and commentary teams guiding viewers through the event, starting on BBC One – including highlights of the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon and Mini London Wheelchair Marathon. The Red Button TV service gives separate expert commentary on a dedicated combined elite race feed, for those who want only elite race coverage, and then offers Finish Line coverage of all runners as they complete the race – accompanied by a graphics ticker containing messages sent in by friends and loved ones.

Network television will also show highlights of the whole day on BBC Two.  

Please check TV listings for exact details, as they may change slightly.

On the radio

BBC Radio 5 live will also give comprehensive coverage of the event as usual – fronted by John Inverdale with lead commentators Mike Costello and Ed Harry, and reporters including Colin Paterson, Jennie Gow and Sonja McLaughlan.

BBC Radio London will feature live coverage with Tim Arthur and Nikki Bedi from 08:00 until 12:00 and reports through the afternoon on BBC Radio London 94.9, BBC Radio London digital radio and BBC Radio London online.

On iPhone

The official Virgin Money London Marathon app for iPhone will be available to download soon.

You will be able to use the app to track your runner(s) on Race Day – the app will update automatically when your runner(s) cross the Start Line and at every subsequent timing point at 5km intervals. The app will also predict where your runner will be on the London Marathon course based on their pace.

The app will be available on android and other devices in 2017.

On mobile devices

Brand new for 2016, we've created a digital spectator guide for mobile devices to help you to make the most of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, whether you’re supporting the runners on the streets of London or from your sofa at home. Download the digital spectator guide below. We recommend that you download the guide using Wi-Fi. 

Digital Spectator Guide


If you are stuck behind a computer or out and about with your smartphone, you will be able to follow the elite races via our live online blog, which you’ll find in our Latest News section under News & Media. Coverage will begin ahead of the elite wheelchair races, which start at 08:55.

Track your runner

Keep track of your favourite runners, whether they are your friends, family, elite runners or superstars like David Weir, on our live tracking page from 7am on Race Day. You can search by surname or running number and follow your runner(s) as they make their way around the course (updates will appear as they cross the timing points, which are at 5km intervals). The page will also show an estimate of the runner's location based on pace.

On social media

The social media team will constantly update the London Marathon social media channels. These are a reliable source of breaking news and information.

Follow the 2017 London Marathon