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2019 London Marathon: What, when and how to watch?

| 26.04.2019

The London Marathon returns for the 39th time this weekend.

It sees long-distance running’s elite athletes take to the roads alongside celebrities and complete novices in the 26.2 mile race.

So here is all you need to know ahead of the race, including the odds on who could actually win the thing!

When is the London Marathon?

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28th April 2019. The start times will be staggered throughout the morning and are as follows:

  • 9:05am – Elite Wheelchair Races
  • 9.10am – World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes
  • 9.25am –  The Elite Women’s Race
  • 10:10am – The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics and England Athletics Marathon Championships
  • 10:10am – Main race, once the professionals have headed off

What TV Channel is the London Marathon on?

You can catch all the action live in the UK on BBC1 and BBC2, with coverage kicking off in the morning prior to the first start time.

Live coverage

8:30am – 10:00am: BBC2

10:00am – 2:30pm: BBC1

2:35pm – 5:00pm: BBC Red Button


6:00pm – 7:00pm: BBC2

What are the odds?

Eliud Kipchoge and Sir Mo Farah to go head to head on Saturday

The large majority of runners will be doing their bit for charity or an achievement to tick off the bucket list, but there are an elite group who actually want to win it.

In the women’s race Mary Keitany is the 13/8 favourite to get her second victory after triumphing in 2017. She is then followed by 2018 winner Vivian Cheruiyot at 3/1.

Third in the running is Brigid Kosgei at 4/1 after she came up once place short last year.

Mo Farah is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic history. After finishing third last year he’s 4/1 second favourite to win his first London Marathon this time.

But it’s men’s world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge who leads the field. Kipchoge is unbeaten in three London Marathon’s and is a short 8/13 to make it four in a row.

Last year’s runner up Tola Shura Kitata is a little further out at 9/1 to score victory.

View the latest 2019 London Marathon odds

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football enthusiast.