Your London Marathon questions answered: What time does the London Marathon start on Sunday, how do I track a runner’s progress and how do I get there?
- Runners will start the 26.2 mile course near Blackheath in Greenwich
- There are different departure times, but everyone must start before 11 a.m.
- The route passes through Canary Wharf and ends at The Mall by Buckingham Palace
- Today more than 45,000 runners participate in the marathon each year
What time does the London Marathon start on Sunday?
Mini London Marathon: 8:30 am
Wheelchair Elite Races: 8:50 am
Elite Women: 9am
Elite men and mass start: 9:30 a.m.
Everyone must cross the starting line at 11 a.m.
What is the route of the London Marathon?
The 26.2 mile route begins near Blackheath in Greenwich. Runners will pass the Cutty Sark at mile six and see the Shard at mile 12.
When runners arrive at mile 18, they will pass Canary Wharf and see the London Eye and Parliament at mile 25.
And at the end of the marathon, they will cross the finish line at the Mall by Buckingham Palace.
The London Marathon takes place tomorrow, Sunday October 2, and thousands of people are expected. Pictured: Runners at the marathon finish in 2021
The 26.2-mile course begins near Blackheath in Greenwich and runners will cross the finish line at The Mall by Buckingham Palace
How do I track someone’s progress?
You can track someone’s progress on the official 2022 TCS London Marathon app. The app allows participants to select up to three viewers to view their live location.
What is the latest travel information for the London Marathon?
Roads in South East and Central London will be subject to extensive closures from 4am to 7pm. There is a full list here.
Buses from central London will stop early or be diverted from 6.30am to 7.30pm.
ExCeL London is where participants will receive their bib and pack.
When runners arrive at mile 18 they will pass Canary Wharf (runners at Canary Wharf last year) and see the London Eye and Parliament at mile 25
The nearest station is Custom House, which is on the DLR and Elizabeth line.
Tube and DLR services are running but will be busy, so TFL has advised people to allow extra time for their journeys.
Greater Anglia have announced there will be no service until 7.30am in Liverpool Street.
Running trains will be subject to the ripple effects of today’s railway strike and may not enter central London until 9am.
Many runners traveled to London before the railway strike.
Some roads in central and south-east London will be closed for the marathon (runners on The Mall for the 2021 marathon)
When did the London Marathon start?
It began on March 29, 1981, with over a million people completing the course and over a billion pounds raised for charity.
The marathon was created after Chris Brasher and John Disley, Olympic steeplechase medalists, were inspired by the one in New York.
They wanted the event to showcase the best of London and help people have fun and feel a sense of accomplishment.
More than 22,000 runners applied to take part in the first race, but capacity was capped in the first and 7,741 people crossed the line at Greenwich Park.
Nowadays we see 45,000 or more runners participating in the event.
Preparations begin at the mall for this year’s marathon – including a sign for this year’s title sponsor TCS