London Marathon course 2021
October 3, 2021 - The London Marathon is the second race of the World Marathon Majors series in 2021 -- the gruelling 26.2 mile race starts from Greenwich and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The London Marathon will again feature some of the world’s greatest long distance runners, with elite fields for both the men’s and women’s races promising to be highly competitive.
Defending champion Shura Kitata heads the men’s field. He is returning from a hamstring injury after missing the Tokyo Marathon in September, but faces tough competition from rivals including fellow Ethiopian Birhanu Legese and Kenyan Titus Ekiru, who has the fastest time in the world this year, at 2:02:57.
In the women’s race, world record holder Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) is aiming for her third successive title, but is expected to be challenged by New York winner Joyciline Jepkosgei.
The World Marathon Majors comprises six races globally: London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York, with Tokyo promoted to major status most recently, in 2013.
2021 World Marathon Majors:
Sep 26: Berlin
Oct 3: London
Oct 10: Chicago
Oct 11: Boston
Oct 17: Tokyo
Nov 7: New York