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Hugh Brasher




‘It will be the most meaningful London Marathon ever’

The marathon is all about a journey, it’s all about one step at a time, and it is by taking one step at a time that the team have been rigorously working to ensure that Sunday will be the most amazing celebration.

Hugh Brasher

Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director

But that extends way beyond the mass participation event, as incredibly competitive fields have also been assembled for the elite races.

Reigning champions Brigid Kosgei and Shura Kitata will both be looking to defend their titles, but Brasher feels this year’s race will be harder to win than ever before.

“When you talk about the elite event it is actually the strongest, most competitive, hardest-to-win marathon in the history of marathon running,” said Brasher.

“There are seven men who have run have under 2:04 in the field and that doesn’t even include our defending champion. There are nine women who have run under 2:20 and there’s the one, two, three from the Paralympics too.

“It is the most competitive marathon ever and it will be the biggest marathon in the world.”

But Brasher acknowledged that had only been possible due to the support shown by a number of organisations.

“We’re thankful for the support we’ve had from the boroughs, from the Mayor of London, Transport for London, sponsors and the runners and charities themselves,” said Brasher.

“We’re really looking forward to putting on the 41st London Marathon and a London Marathon that we believe will mean more than any other marathon in the history of our event since 1981.”