London Marathon 2020 Live As is traditional, the BBC has this all wrapped up.Coverage starts on BBC Two from 07:00 with the women’s elite race. BBC One takes up the baton at 10:00 for the men’s elite race, then switches back to BBC Two at 13:00 for the build up to the wheelchair races start, going until 15:20.
Elite races for men, women and wheelchair athletes will take place on an enclosed looped course in St James’s Park in a secure biosphere, starting on Horse Guards Road. They will run 19 laps in total to reach the required marathon distance before finishing on the Mall as usual.For non-elite, the marathon distance can be covered where ever during the 24 hour period. But the traditional London Marathon route will not be available.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah is the pacemaker for this year’s men’s race, which also includes world record holder and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge.British Paralympic great David Weir will be aiming for a record ninth win in the men’s event while in the women’s elite race, defending champion and world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya aiming to set a new world’s best time.
Eliud Kipchoge’s inside story: In camp with the greatest marathon runner Put simply, Covid-19. When the marathon was originally pushed back from April to October, it was with the hope that coronavirus cases in the UK had dropped sufficiently to make running the mass participation event possible. There was even the exploring of bluetooth technology to safely allow 45,000 competitors to social distance while running. But this was sadly ruled out in August, with just elite runners competing in St James’s Park, screened from public view.
As mentioned above, the public can, however, still run virtually. More on that further below.Athletes have been training in their secure bubble in the run up to the raceAthletes have been training in their secure bubble in the run up to the race CREDIT: PCovid-19 guidelines and social distancinAs part of the London Marathon ‘biosecure bubble’ the athletes and their teams are all in a hotel, where they will eat, sleep and train for this weekend’s marathon.
Every athlete was tested four days before leaving their home, again on arrival in Britain and a third time on Friday. Once in Britain, everyone involved in the race must remain within the 40-acre grounds of the official London Marathon hotel and wear face coverings when not eating or training.
Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw did not board the private plane chartered by the London Marathon from her home country after failing a coronavirus test. Haji Adilo, a coach to Ethiopian runners Shura Kitata and Alemu Megertu, also tested positive prior to the flight from Ethiopia and did not travel.
To help with social distancing, 500 event coordinators and 100 elite competitors will be wearing technology around their necks, called The Bump device, which makes an audible alert when the wearer is too close to others.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the original plans for the 2020 London Marathon in April were scrapped. However, Virgin Money announced that elite runners would be able to compete in the 26.2 mile run tomorrow, October 4, 2020. Additionally, all 45,000 amateur runners will be able to take part in the race virtually on the same day, through the Virgin Money Londo
n Marathon 2020 app. Here is all you need to know. What is the elite London Marathon route? To make maintaining social distancing easier, the usual 26.2-mile route will not be used this year. Instead, the elite athletes will race around a circuit of St. James’ Park, completing 19.6 laps to cover the marathon distance. The elite athletes will be running around St James Park (Pictue: Joh
n Keeble/Getty Images) Amateur runners are allowed to run whatever route they like, so long as it is 26.2 miles. The route does not have to be in London. What is the London Marathon 2020 app and how can I download it? The Vir
gin Money London Marathon 2020 app allows amateur runners to take place in the marathon from the comfort of their own hometown. The app is available on all smartphones via the App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store. Runners will be able to log their 26.2 mile run to enable th em to participate in the virtual event. Simply tap ‘Start My R
n’ when you’re ready to go. Make sure your phone is fully charged and has its location services turned on before you start running. Once you have completed the 26.2 miles, the app will automatically stop tracking. You don’t need to do anything. Amateur runners can participate by downloading t he app (Picture: John Lamparski/Getty Images) Friends and family will be able to track runners’ progress on the virtual map of the iconic London route in the app. On the app, runners will be able to listen to exclusive audio com
mentary and motivational messages from Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram. Cheering crowd noises will be played, adding motivation to get runners over the virtual finishing line. When crossing the ‘finish line’, runners will receive a digital certificate and medal. Friends and family can also use the app in order to donate to runners’ Virgin Money Giving page, which will go directly to their chosen charity. Please note that you can only log your marathon into the app if you have previously signed up to run the London Marathon