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About the Virgin Money London Marathon

The 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 13th April.


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Since its inaugural running in 1981, the London Marathon has developed a global reputation for its fast, record-setting course. Each year the London Marathon hosts representatives from more than 50 countries to compete on this world stage. Elite runners compete for a portion of £150,000, while the fairly flat, city landscape and spring climate combine to provide the best backdrop for posting records – personal, national and world.

Capacity:  
36,550

Recent Participation: 

Year

Finishers

Male

Female

2003

32,288

23,972

8,316

2004

31,796

23,355

8,441

2005

35,105

24,641

10,464

2006

33,222

23,060

10,162

2007

35,700

24,825

10,875

2008

34,497

23,576

10,921

2009

35,268

24,231

11,037

2010

36,550

24,423

12,127

2011

34,705

24,423

12,262

2012 36,705 23,641 13,064
2013 34,278 22,045 12,233

Estimated Spectators:  
750,000

Total Prize Purse:  
$313,000 + time + record bonuses

Official Charity:  
Anthony Nolan

World Records (Men):
  
2:05:38 – Khalid Khannouchi – 2002

World Records (Women):  
2:15:25 – Paula Radcliffe – 2003 (mixed race)
2:17:42 – Paula Radcliffe – 2005 (women only)
2:18:56 – Paula Radcliffe – 2002 (women only)
2:21:06 – Ingrid Kristiansen – 1985 (mixed race)
2:23:22 – Joyce Chepchumba – 1999 (women only)
2:25:09 – Manuela Machado – 1999 (W35 record)
2:25:29 – Grete Waitz – 1983 – (mixed race)

British Records (Men):  
2:08:16 – Steve Jones – 1985

British Records (Women):  
2:15:25 – Paula Racliffe – 2003 (mixed race)
2:17:42 – Paula Radcliffe – 2005 (Women only)

Course records:  
2:04:40 - Emmanuel Mutai - 2011
2:05:10 -  Sammy Wanjiru - 2009
2:05:15 – Martin Lel – 2008
2:05:38 – Khalid Khannouchi – 2002
2:17:42 – Paula Radcliffe – 2005 (Women only)
2:15:25 – Paula Radcliffe – 2003 (mixed race)