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Virgin London Marathon

Sunday October 3rd, 2021
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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Prize Money: $313,000

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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: 10/04/2020 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:05:41 Shura Kitata 24 ETH
2nd Male 2:05:42 Vincent Kipchumba 30 KEN
3rd Male 2:05:45 Sisay Lemma 29 ETH
4th Male 2:06:04 Mosinet Geremew 28 ETH
Female 2:18:58 Brigid Kosgei 26 KEN
2nd Female 2:22:01 Sara Hall 37 USA
3rd Female 2:22:05 Ruth Chepngetich 26 KEN
4th Female 2:22:51 Ashete Bekere 32 ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
Virgin London Marathon

The 2020 race was for elite only. The prize money was reduced. It was a lapped course. 2021 hopes to be a "normal" London Marathon again.

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