THE London Marathon is back this weekend and thousands of runners are expected to turn out for the big race.
Last year, over 40,000 runners turned out to run the 26.2 mile distance in the country's capital.
And that number is set to be even more at around 50,000, with even more spectators to turn up to and show support.
And for the first time since 2019, the race is being run in April, with the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions taking place in October.
Amos Kipruto and Yalemzerf Yehualaw took first place in the top level races last year.
When is the London Marathon 2023?
- This year's big marathon will take place this weekend on Sunday, April 2023.
- The event will get going from 9.30am BST.
- The race will last all day, but if you finish after 4.30pm BST, you will NOT receive a medal.
- Kenenisa Bekele and Amos Kipruto are the favourites to win.
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How can I watch?
The London Marathon will be shown live on the BBC throughout the day.
- BBC One: 8.30am-2.15pm
- BBC Two: 2.15pm-3pm
- BBC Online & iPlayer: 1pm-6pm
- BBC Two: 6pm-7pm (highlights)
Can I stream for free?
You can live stream the action for FREE all day from the BBC iPlayer, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
You must have a valid TV licence to watch for free.
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What is the route?
The 26.2 mile race will begin in Greenwich in South East London, before moving on to the Cutty Sark and the Shard.
From there, runners will cross Tower Bridge which is around the midway point of the race.
Canary Wharf will come next and then runners will descend upon Victoria Embankment and Westminster where they will come across the London Eye.
And lastly, they will pass Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before turning onto The Mall toward the finish line, which is just a few metres away from Buckingham Palace.
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