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Virgin London Marathon

Sunday April 26th, 2020
London, England
Distance: Marathon

The London Marathon was first run on March 29, 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since 2010. It is sponsored by Virgin Money and was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. It is organized by Hugh Brasher (son of Chris) as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points around Blackheath and finishes in The Mall alongside St. James's Park.

Since the first marathon, the course has undergone very few route changes. In 1982, the finishing post was moved from Constitution Hill to Westminster Bridge due to construction works. It remained there for twelve years before moving to its present location at The Mall.

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Virgin London Marathon
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Roger Wright
An amazing marathon, we run through historic London starting in smaller villages, crossing the Thames River over the Tower Bridge (without question the greatest structure I have ever run over, under or beside) through downtown (Canary Wharf) and finally end up at Buckingham Palace. 70% of the runners run for charities and care more about having a good time rather than a good time. incredible fan support (seemed bigger than NYC or Chicago) and people dress up in costumes to entertain the spectators. I have run many marathons and this is my favorite."
Race Date: 04/28/2019 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:02:37 Eliud Kipchoge 34 KEN
2nd Male 2:02:55 Mosinet Getemew 27 ETH
3rd Male 2:03:16 Mule Wasihun 25 ETH
4th Male 2:05:01 Tola Shura Kitata 23 ETH
Female 2:18:20 BRIGID KOSGEI 25 KEN
2nd Female 2:20:14 Vivian Cheruiyot 35 KEN
3rd Female 2:20:51 Roza Dereje 22 ETH
4th Female 2:20:52 Gladys Cherono 36 KEN
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 2:23:08 Mcdowell, Richard 40 GBR
M 50-59 2:36:02 King, Darren 51 GBR
M 60-69 2:55:48 Neville, Gary 62 GBR
M 70+ 3:11:12 Cartwright, David 70 GBR
F 40-49 2:40:38 Grima, Claire 42 GBR
F 50-59 2:55:04 Blackmore, Allison 53 CAN
F 60-69 3:17:08 Wheelhouse, Caroline 61 GBR
F 70+ 4:01:33 Jenkins, Jacqueline 70 GBR
Virgin London Marathon
‘This treble tops everything,’ says king Kipchoge

‘This treble tops everything,’ says king Kipchoge

Kipchoge’s majestic performance at the head of one of the greatest elite fields in men’s marathon history was his ninth consecutive win and the 10th in his five-year-old marathon career.

Two of those have come at the prestigious Berlin Marathon and one in Chicago, while two years ago he won what many regard as the greatest prize of all when he claimed an Olympic marathon gold at the Rio Games.

But Kipchoge said today that becoming only the third man to clinch a London Marathon treble was his crowning moment.

“This tops everything,” said Kipchoge. “Winning a third time in London and with a third Majors title at the same time is right at the top.

“It was a really big win for me because it was a tough race. I tried hard to concentrate on the distance and my own running and wait for the last few miles.”

Kipchoge’s performance was amesmerizing one as he ran at the head of the field for the entire 26.2 miles, barely changing his stride or veering from his course except to pick up his drinks bottles, his eyes set unerringly on the road ahead.

He passed halfway in a record 61 minutes flat – a target set, he revealed today, at his request – and maintained an unrelenting rhythm towards the Finish Line as one-by-one his opponents fell away.

By the time they reached Canary Wharf there were only two men left – the young Ethiopian, Tola Shura Kitata, and Britain’s big hope, Sir Mo Farah, who appeared at Kipchoge’s shoulder at 30km only to see the master move away with apparent ease.

Kitata stuck to his heels for another five miles until Kipchoge shrugged him off too as they dipped into the welcome shade under Blackfriars Bridge. Not that Kipchoge paid either of them much attention.

“If you want to run fast you have to run in front,” he said. “I didn’t sense Mo there but I saw him. But I was ready to do what was in my mind.

“I wasn’t running against anybody, I was running as Eliud. My mind was fully concentrated on the distance. It was tough in the middle of the race so I needed to concentrate on finishing the race.”

As for going out at such a blistering pace on a baking day, for Kipchoge it was all just part of the plan.

“I knew we couldn’t go that fast for the whole distance,” he said. “I wasn’t worried because I knew I would be OK.

“My aim was to run a beautiful race. I didn’t aim for the world record. I knew when coming here I was going to run a beautiful race.”

Cheruiyot’s win was also a thing of beauty, albeit one of contrasting style, as she ran a perfectly judged and evenly paced race that eventually paid dividends when her world record-chasing rivals, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, hit the wall.

Cheruiyot, who was fourth on her marathon debut in London last year, clinched the biggest win yet in her short marathon career when she crossed the line in 2:18:31, five minutes quicker than she’s ever run before.

“I learned from last year to be more patient,” said Cheruiyot. “I went too fast last time and was totally kaput at the end.

“This year I saw Mary and Tirunesh were going for the world record but I wanted to run a race I was comfortable with.

“Yesterday I was thinking about running 2:20, so in my mind I was saying if I run 69 seconds at halfway, maybe the second will be 70. And then I found I was chasing someone.”

In fact, Cheruiyot passed the half-way mark in fourth place in 68:56, a full minute and 40 seconds adrift of the leading pair, but stuck to her guns as she closed the gap and reeled them in.

She finally moved into the lead with just three miles left, passing Keitany without a glance as she raced on to clinch her first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory and become the fourth quickest woman ever over the classic distance.

“I’m done with track now,” said Cheruiyot. “My legs were painful last night, but I’m feeling better now.”

As for Kipchoge’s future, he said: “My plan ended yesterday in London. For now, I’m blank. It’s my coach’s problem.

“Marathon is life,” he added. “And as long as I’m enjoying life, I’m enjoying the marathon.”

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Location
Race Name
Prize Money
1/4/2020
Xiamen, Fujian, China
3/1/2020
Tokyo, Japan
4/26/2020
London, England
3/15/2020
Seoul, Korea
4/20/2020
Boston, Massachusetts
9/29/2019
Berlin, Germany
11/3/2019
New York, New York
10/13/2019
Chicago, Illinois
2/8/2020
Lagos, Nigeria
11/17/2019
Shanghai, China
2/14/2020
Ras Al Khaimah, AE
12/1/2019
Valencia, Spain
1/19/2020
Mumbai, India
10/20/2019
New Delhi, India
12/6/2019
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
4/19/2020
Hamburg, Germany
11/30/2019
Singapore, Singapore
3/15/2018*
Bahrain, Manama
5/17/2020
Tobago, Trinidad and tobago
11/3/2019
Hangzhou, China
5/3/2020
Prague, CZECH
10/20/2019
Toronto, Ontario, CA
5/24/2020
Ottawa, Canada
3/8/2020
Rome, Italy
11/3/2019
Istanbul, Turkey
5/17/2020
Bengaluru, India
1/19/2020
Houston, Texas
12/8/2019
Honolulu, Hawaii
1/12/2020
seville, Spain
12/8/2019
Guangzhou, China
4/28/2018*
Manhattan, New York
5/25/2020
Boulder, Colorado
9/15/2019
Cape Town, ZA
11/3/2020
Beijing, CN
10/27/2019
Jakarta, Indonesia
6/14/2020
Durban, South Africa
5/25/2018*
Okpekpe, Nigeria
12/16/2018*
Shenzhen, China
10/27/2019
Chuncheon, KR
8/16/2020
Falmouth, Massachusetts
12/8/2019
Sacramento, CA
6/20/2020
Duluth, Minnesota
9/29/2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10/27/2019
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
5/9/2020
Grand Rapids, MI
3/22/2020
Lisbon, Portugal
7/5/2020
Gold Coast, Australia
9/15/2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
10/6/2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
7/4/2020
Atlanta, GA
3/8/2020
Los Angeles, California
12/9/2019
Al Marmoom, Dubai
5/3/2020
Spokane, Washington
11/3/2019
Porto, Portugal
1/19/2020
Houston, Texas
5/9/2020
Fargo, North Dakota
6/8/2018*
Manhattan, NY
9/22/2019
Hengshui, China
3/24/2018*
La piedad Michoacan, MX
8/1/2020
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
5/17/2020
San Francisco, California
8/25/2019
Mumbai, IN
4/21/2018*
Yangzhou, China
4/5/2020
Santiago, CL
11/2/2019
Manhattan, NY
3/22/2020
Milan, Italy
4/5/2020
Washington, DC
9/22/2019
Zaandam, Netherlands
7/14/2018*
Utica, New York
3/7/2020
Jacksonville, Florida
6/23/2018*
Boston, MA
5/23/2020
Ottawa, CAN
4/4/2020
Charleston, South Carolina
7/25/2020
Davenport, Iowa
2/2/2020
Bangkok, Thailand
5/10/2020
Geneva, Switzerland
10/27/2019
Venice, Italy
10/13/2019
Boston, Massachusetts
11/10/2019
Beriut, Lebanon
9/7/2019
Interlaken, Switzerland
11/10/2019
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
10/27/2019
Dublin, Ireland
5/31/2020
Calgary, Canada
10/6/2019
Cardiff, Wales
5/3/2020
Belfast, Ireland
6/22/2018*
Bosnia and Herzegovina
8/25/2019
Manitou Springs, Colo
4/18/2020
Boston, MA
9/2/2019
New Haven, Connecticut
4/13/2020
Ouarzazate, Morocco
9/15/2019
Providence, Rhode Island
10/20/2019
Columbus, OH
4/21/2020
Des Moines, Iowa
5/25/2020
Huntsville, AL
10/13/2019
Victoria BC, Canada
9/8/2019
Manhattan, NY
4/26/2020
Carmel, California
4/11/2020
New Orleans, Louisiana
6/7/2020
Seattle, WA
2/1/2020
Edinburg, TX
5/12/2018*
Gaborone, Botsuana
2/23/2020
Guadalajara, Mexico
5/25/2020
London, England
11/16/2019
Richmond, VA
5/17/2020
Cleveland, OH
4/19/2020
Vancouver, Canada
3/20/2020
Jerusalem, Israel
11/28/2019
San Jose, California
9/8/2019
Newcastle upon Thyne, U.K.
3/22/2020
Carlsbad, California
9/1/2019
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
9/7/2019
Lille, France
5/3/2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7/13/2018*
Kingsport, TN
7/26/2020
Santa Cruz, California
3/22/2020
Virginia Beach, VA
3/1/2020
Comarca Lagunera, MX
10/27/2019
Valencia, Spain
2/23/2020
Tampa, Florida
3/22/2020
Chicago, Illinois
2/16/2020
Austin, Texas
3/29/2020
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
10/8/2019
Boston, MA
11/3/2019
Soweto, ZA
10/6/2019
Kosice, Slovakia
4/5/2020
Daegu, South Korea
3/1/2020
London, UK
4/25/2020
Louisville, Kentucky
9/29/2019
Nottingham, England, UK
6/20/2020
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
4/25/2020
Champaign, IL
1/19/2020
Naples, Florida
11/10/2019
Schenectady, New York
9/22/2019
Vinovo Turin, Italy
10/26/2019
Encinitas, California
11/24/2019
Panama, PA
9/29/2019
Glasgow, Scottland, UK
2/24/2018*
Staten Island, NY
5/17/2020
Copenhagen, Denmark
10/6/2019
Channel islands, Jersey
5/17/2020
Green Bay, Wisconsin
10/20/2019
Bethlehem, PA
8/16/2020
San Diego, California
1/26/2020
Marrakech, Morocco
3/28/2020
Richmond, Virginia
10/20/2019
Portsmouth, UK
7/7/2018*
Victoria Falls, ZW
6/15/2018*
Clarksburg WV
10/20/2019
York, United Kingdom
10/13/2019
Schenectady, New York
6/16/2018*
Shelter Island, NY
9/15/2019
Philadelphia, PA
12/14/2020
San Juan Bautista, California
5/24/2020
Manchester, UK
5/12/2018*
Vise, Belgium
12/15/2019
Bangkok, TH
1/3/2020
Tiberias, Israel
8/25/2019
Satara, India
9/22/2019
Montreal, Canada
5/31/2020
San Diego, California
6/28/2020
Missoula, Montana
5/3/2020
Newport Beach, CA
10/27/2019
Cape Cod, MA
3/28/2020
Mobile, Alabama
5/18/2018*
Brooklyn, NY
2/2/2020
Encinitas California
10/6/2019
Chester, United Kingdom
12/8/2019
Negril, Jamaica
8/24/2019
Reykjavik, Iceland
8/31/2019
Norman, OK
5/16/2020
Helsinki, Finland
6/2/2018*
Jennings Beach, Fairfield, CT
6/1/2018*
Singapore, SG
2/1/2020
Bangkok, Thailand
8/3/2018*
Wheeling, WV
4/4/2020
St. Louis, Mo
5/11/2018*
Tupelo, Mississippi
3/22/2020
Limassol, Cyprus
10/13/2019
Zagreb, Croatia
10/20/2019
Bar Harbor, Maine
9/29/2019
Bronx, NY
5/16/2020
Helsinki, Finland
11/2/2019
Moab, UT
12/16/2018*
Sevilla, Spain
12/22/2019
Chiang Mai, TH
3/29/2020
Gdynia, Poland
12/15/2019
New York City, NY
1/6/2018*
Central Park, NY
2/2/2020
Huntsville, Texas
1/19/2020
Phoenix, Arizona
6/14/2020
Manitou Springs, CO
7/26/2020
St John's NL, Canada
12/8/2019
San Antonio, TX
8/4/2018*
Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
3/28/2020
Washington DC
2/9/2020
New Orleans, LA
4/4/2020
Kansas City, Mo
5/18/2018*
Marion, IA
2/23/2020
Naples, Italy
10/6/2019
San Jose, California
12/26/2019
Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
10/20/2019
Atlanta, GA
9/15/2019
Minsk, Belarus
4/19/2020
Lincolnshire, united kingdom
10/20/2019
Denver, CO
9/8/2019
Kansas City, Missouri
5/4/2018*
Jersey City, NJ
8/9/2020
Dublin, IR
5/3/2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
5/23/2020
Chicago, IL
11/3/2019
Clarksburg, California
12/15/2019
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10/6/2019
Lindau, Germany
6/25/2020
Reykjavik, Iceland
4/28/2018*
Rockville, MD
4/7/2018*
Hollywood, California
8/25/2019
Imbali, ZA
9/6/2019
Arenzano, Italy
9/1/2019
Virginia Beach, VA
11/17/2019
Las Vegas, NV
10/6/2019
Denver, CO
11/3/2019
Chicago, Ilinois,
11/17/2019
Columbus, Ohio
12/1/2019
Scottsdale, Az
12/8/2019
St. Louis, Missouri
12/15/2019
Tampa, Florida
1/26/2020
Atlanta, GA
2/8/2020
Dallas, Texas
2/15/2020
Nashville, Tennessee
10/20/2019
Bengaluru, India
10/20/2019
Montreal, Canada
6/29/2018*
Nairobi, Kenya
10/26/2019
snowdonia, welsh
2/14/2018*
Armagh, Ireland
3/14/2020
Vancouver, Canada
4/28/2018*
Statford, United Kingdom
4/7/2018*
Fresno, Ca
12/14/2019
Seneca Falls, New York
5/17/2020
Washington, D.C.
4/5/2020
San Francisco, CA, US
11/28/2019
Glen Ridge, NJ
12/1/2019
Santa Marta, Colombia
6/13/2020
Langueux, France
10/19/2019
Cabo, Mexico
3/8/2020
Palo Alto, CA
8/4/2018*
San Francisco, CA
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