Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the 2022 London Marathon, held in October for the third time in its history.
April 2023 will see the event return to its usual springtime scheduling, after moving to the autumn last year due to Covid lockdown restrictions.
But this final October marathon, blessed – for now – by clear skies, should be a memorable one, with a stacked line-up of stars across the elite race categories.
Both of last year’s defending champions in the elite men’s and women’s races, Kenyan Joyciline Jepokosgei, and Ethiopian Sisay Lemma respectively, will be returning seek a consecutive victory. Notably, Lemma won last year’s race with following a bout of Covid; although he was able to run the race having returned a negative test that morning, he was denied the opportunity to take up his place on the podium.
In the elite women’s race, Jepokosgei, whose London Marathon last year was her first, will look to see off last year’s second and third place finishers, Degitu Azimeraw and Ashete Bekere. Less than a week before the start of the marathon, world record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew from competition, due to a right hamstring injury.
Whilst Mo Farah will not be competing in the elite men’s race, Lemma will have to contend with marathon stars such as Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese. But world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who last week beat his own record to set a new world’s fastest time at the Berlin Marathon, won’t be competing.
In the elite wheelchair races, both Swiss winners, Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar will return to defend their titles.
Starting off the nearly 42,000 runners across all categories this morning will be three of England’s Lionesses: Jill Scott, Ellen White, and captain Leah Williamson, and in light of Saturday’s rail strikes, event director Hugh Brasher has said that late arrivals will be able to start in a later pen, in an effort to ensure as high participation as possible.
We’ve got an exciting morning ahead, with staggered starts as follows:
- 8:50am elite wheelchair men’s and women’s race start
- 9:00am elite women’s race start
- 9.40am elite men’s race and mass start