Virgin Money London Marathon

Capacity Total Prize Purse Estimated Spectators Official Charity
36,550 $313,000 * 750,000 Anthony Nolan

* + time + record bonuses

 

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.

Recent Participation:

Year Finishers Male Female
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

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)

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