The President of World Athletics Lord Sebastian Coe will start the elite men’s and women’s races at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October.

Lord Coe, who ran the London Marathon in 1991, will be starting the race for the fourth time after previously getting runners under way in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The two-time Olympic champion ran just under three hours in his one and only marathon in London in 1991.

He set 12 middle-distance world records during a glittering track career and headed London’s successful campaign to stage the Olympics in 2012.

The official starter of the Virgin Money London Marathon elite wheelchair race is David Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Money.

The start times for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon elite races are:

  • 07:15 – Elite women
  • 10:15 – Elite men
  • 13:12 – Men’s and women’s wheelchair race

The races will be held in a biosecure bubble around St James’s Park in central London with the traditional finish on The Mall. As well as the three elite races, 45,000 people around the world will be taking on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon ‘Your Way’, running the 26.2 miles wherever they are around the world.

More than 150,000 primary school children are also taking part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon, where pupils will run 2.6 miles between Monday 28 September and Friday 9 October.