London Marathon 2017 live on the BBC

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World-class athletes and thousands of fun runners and fundraisers come together to compete in the 37th annual London Marathon on Sunday, April 23, live on BBC One.

One of the world’s most famous and colourful marathon events, almost 40,000 people will be taking to the start line for this year’s edition, which will feature many of the biggest names in professional long-distance running.

With the traditional distance of 26 miles and 385 yards, the London Marathon takes in all of the usual famous and iconic landmarks of the capital city, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, before finishing on The Mall.

In the elite men’s race, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who won last year’s Berlin Marathon in the second-quickest time ever, could be the one to beat, but he faces a tough field which includes Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, who finished second in 2016 and 2014.

The women’s race features Great Britain’s five-time Olympian Jo Pavey, as well as Olympic gold medallist and 2016 winner Jemima Sumgong of Kenya and Ethiopia’s world champion Mare Dibaba.

Six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir, who has said he will retire after the men’s elite wheelchair race, is going for a record seventh win after losing out last year in a sprint finish to German Marcel Hug.

In the women’s wheelchair race, In her absence, Switzerland’s Manuela Schar will be favourite to win the race for the first time, following the withdrawal of US athlete Tatyana McFadden, who has won the last four London Marathon titles, due to illness.

Alongside the elite racers and thousands of members of the public, many famous faces including sporting heroes, soap stars, musicians and TV presenters will be taking on the challenge of running the race for their chosen charities.

The London Marathon is part in an action-packed summer of athletics on the BBC, which includes the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium in August.

For more information about the 2017 London Marathon, visit the official website – virginmoneylondonmarathon.com.

The BBC will have the entire London Marathon covered on Sunday, April 23, with six-and-a-half hours of continuous live coverage starting at 8.30am on BBC Two, switching to BBC One at 9.55am

Gabby Logan presents the BBC’s coverage from the start and finish points, with commentary from Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter, Rob Walker, Brendan Foster, six-time London Marathon wheelchair race winner Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and Paula Radcliffe, who set the women’s marathon world record in London in 2003.

The BBC’s team of reporters, including Ore Oduba, Colin Jackson, Phil Jones, Steve Brown and Jazmin Sawyers, will be positioned across the course to tell some of those remarkable stories and feats of achievement.

As well as focusing on the elite races, the BBC’s coverage will also highlight some of the people who have amazing stories to tell and are running for causes close to their hearts.

In addition to the main BBC TV coverage, fans can also follow the elite races from start to finish on BBC Red Button from 8.50am, as well as amateur runners complete the 26.2 mile course with a special Finish Line stream available via Connected TV and on the BBC Sport website – bbc.co.uk/athletics.

Viewers can interact with BBC Sport’s live coverage by sending in their special messages for those taking part via text, e-mail and Twitter – #BBCMarathon – with a selection scrolling across the screen at various times during the live coverage.

A one-hour highlights programme rounding up all of the day’s stories, key moments and best action will be shown at 5.30pm in the evening on BBC Two, presented by Ore Oduba.

Prior to race day, there will be a special preview show Saturday lunchtime (April 22) on BBC One – The London Marathon: My Reason to Run – where Gabby Logan looks at the main contenders for the races as well as highlighting some of the runners with the most inspirational human interest stories.

Also complementing the BBC’s London Marathon coverage this year will be a two-part series Mind Over Marathon, which follows 10 runners with mental health issues as they prepare for this year’s race in the capital.

They will be taking on the London Marathon for Heads Together, a campaign set up by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to tackle the stigma around mental health and the official Charity of the Year of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

SATURDAY 22nd APRIL

The London Marathon: My Reason to Run
PREVIEW  1.15pm-1.45pm  (11.30am in Scotland)

 

SUNDAY 23rd APRIL

LONDON MARATHON 2017
LIVE  8.30am-9.55am

 

LONDON MARATHON 2017: ELITE RACES
LIVE  8.50am-12.30pm

 

LONDON MARATHON 2017
LIVE  9.55am-3.00pm

 

London Marathon Highlights
HIGHLIGHTS  6.00pm-7.00pm

 

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