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Essential facts

Founders

  • Chris Brasher and John Disley


First held

  • Marathon: 29 March 1981 (first wheelchair race: 1983)
  • Mini Marathon: 1986
  • Virtual Marathon: 2020
  • Length of course: 26.2 miles; 42.195K


First champions

  • Men: Inge Simonsen (NOR) and Dick Beardsley (USA)
  • Women: Joyce Smith (GBR)


Reigning champions

  • Men: Sisay Lemma (ETH)
  • Women: Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN)
  • Wheelchair men: Marcel Hug (SUI)
  • Wheelchair women: Manuela Schar (SUI)

Reigning champions

  • Shura Kitata (ETH) crosses the finish line to win the Elite Men's Race
  • Brigid Kosgei (KEN) runs along The mall during the Elite Women's Race
  • Brent Lakatos (CAN) wins the Men’s Elite Wheelchair Race on The Mall
  • Nikita den Boer
  • Shura Kitata (ETH) crosses the finish line to win the Elite Men's Race

Men: Shura Kitata (ETH)

Most victories

  • Men: 4 (Eliud Kipchoge, KEN)
  • Women: 4 (Ingrid Kristiansen, NOR)
  • Wheelchair men: 8 (David Weir, GBR)
  • Wheelchair women: 6 (Tanni Grey-Thompson, GBR)


Most victories by country

  • Men: 15 (KEN)
  • Women: 14 (KEN)
  • Wheelchair men: 16 (GBR)
  • Wheelchair women: 15 (GBR)
Eliud Kipchoge

Course records

Men: 2:02:37 (Eliud Kipchoge, KEN, 2019)
Women (mixed): 2:15:25 (Paula Radcliffe, GBR, 2003)
Women only: 2:17:01 (Mary Keitany, KEN, 2017)
Wheelchair men: 1:26:27 (Marcel Hug, SUI, 2021)
Wheelchair women: 1:39:52 (Manuela Schär, SUI, 2021)

Paula Radcliffe

Fastest Britons in London

Men: Mo Farah 2:05:39 (2019)
Women: Paula Radcliffe 2:15:25 (2003)
Wheelchair men: David Weir 1:28:57 (2009)
Wheelchair women: Shelly Woods 1:46:31 (2011)

Prize money

  • Total elite races: US$ 79,260
  • Winners (men and women): US$ 30,000
  • Total wheelchair races: US$ 42,300
  • Wheelchair winners (men and women): US$ 20,000


Starters and finishers

  • Total number of finishers: 1,125,810
  • Most starters: 42,906 (2019)
  • Most finishers: 42,549 (2019)
  • Most wheelchair starters: 75 (2017)
  • Most wheelchair finishers: 63 (2017)


Oldest and youngest

  • Oldest winner (men): Allister Hutton (GBR) 1990 (35 years, 278 days)
  • Oldest winner (women): Joyce Smith, (GBR) 1982 (44)
  • Youngest winner (men): Sammy Wanjiru (KEN) 2009 (22)
  • Youngest winner (women): Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2019 (25 years, 68 days)
  • Oldest finisher (men): Fauja Singh 2004 (93)
  • Oldest finisher (women): Jenny Wood-Allen 2002 (90)
  • Ever presents: seven men have run every London Marathon (41 in total) – Chris Finill, Malcolm Speake, Michael Peace, Jeffrey Aston, Bill O'Connor, David Walker and Ken Jones


Charities

  • First official charity: Sports Aid Foundation (1984)
  • Charity of the Year 2022: British Heart Foundation
  • Total raised for charities by London Marathon participants: more than £1 billion
  • Amount raised for charities in 2021: TBC
  • Highest amount raised by an official London Marathon charity: £4 million (Dementia Revolution, 2019)
  • Highest amount raised by a single participant: £2,330,159.38 by Steve Chalke (2011)
  • Amount granted by The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT): more than £95 million
  • Number of projects aided by LMCT: more than 1,460
  • Number of playing fields and facilities purchased by LMCT: nine


Celebrities and MPs

  • Fastest celebrity: Chris Newton (multiple world champion and triple Olympic medallist in road and track cycling), 2:39:27 (2015)
  • Fastest MP: Matthew Parris, 2:32:57 (1985)


Weather

  • Hottest Marathon Day: 2018 (24.2°C)
  • Coldest Marathon Day: 2004 (5.3°C)
  • Most humid: 1981 (94 per cent at 12 noon)
  • Least humid: 1996 (28 per cent at 12 noon)
  • Wettest: 2020 (23mm rain)
  • Sunniest: 2009 (12.3 hours of sunshine)


Miscellaneous

  • Length of course: 26.2 miles; 42.195km
  • TV coverage: 197 countries
  • Date of 2023 London Marathon: Sunday 23 April

The London Marathon is a World Athletics Platinum Label Race