How to follow the Virgin Money London Marathon
The 38th edition of the London Marathon sees three of the greatest distance runners of their generation in Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele and Sir Mo Farah do battle with 2017 winner Daniel Wanjiru in the elite men's race, while Mary Keitany targets a world record time in the elite women's field. With more Guinness World Records set to fall, the 2018 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 the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April are as follows:
- 08:55 – London 2018 World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon elite wheelchair race
- 09:00 – London 2018 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 iPhone and android
The Official 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon App, powered by TCS, is available to download for iPhone and android now.
The app provides event week and Race Day information, as well as letting you find and track participants during the race, locate points of interest on the route, and keep up with split times, leaderboard positions and results throughout the day.
You can use the Official 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon App to locate distance markers, first aid points, drinks stations, live bands and pub venues along the course, so whether you’re a first-time spectator or a marathon veteran, you’ll get everything you need for the best possible experience on Race Day.
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.
Digital Spectators' Guide
Whether you’re supporting the runners on the streets of London or from your sofa at home, the FREE Spectators' Guide for mobile devices is designed to help you to make the most of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
The Spectators' Guide is available to download now.
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.
Saturday 21 April
- 13:15-13:45: Reasons to Run (BBC One)
Sunday 22 April
- 08:30-14:00: BBC One
- 14:00-14:30: BBC Two
- 18:00-19:00: BBC Two highlights
The core television coverage has dedicated expert presenters, reporters and commentary teams guiding viewers through the event. 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.
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.
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.
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.