The London Marathon takes place later this month with 50,000 amateur and professional athletes set to take on the 26.2-mile route around the capital.
It is likely that as this is expected to be the last year Sir Mo Farah runs competitively, it could be his final London Marathon. The 40-year-old rose to prominence at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he won both the 5,000m and 10,000m races.
He repeated that feat at Rio 2016, his four Olympic gold medals sitting alongside his six world titles, making him the most successful British male track distance runner ever.
Farah finished seventh in his most recent race at the Port-Gentil 10km in Gabon, which took place 15 days before the London Marathon.
Here is everything you need to know about the event, from starting times to the route map and road closures.
When is the London 2023 Marathon ?
The marathon takes place on Sunday 23 April, with the professional race kicking off first. The exact time has not been confirmed yet but last year’s race began at 8.30am.
The mass participation event begins from 10am, with a sequence of start waves to allow the course to clear up ahead. Everyone is expected to have crossed the starting line by 11.30am.
Professional athletes usually need just over two hours to complete the course but many amateurs will take three to five hours, which is why participants are given a maximum of eight hours to complete the course.
What is the marathon route?
The marathon course starts in Greenwich and Blackheath, with runners assigned one of three start lines.
They will merge after three miles, passing some of London’s most famous landmarks before finishing on The Mall, opposite Buckingham Palace.
The first stretch takes the runners through Charlton, Woolwich and Greenwich, and they will pass the Cutty Sark at mile six.
They will then progress through Deptford, Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, before crossing Tower Bridge shortly after mile 12.
From here it’s back east towards Limehouse, a big circuit around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, before doubling back through Shadwell to Tower Gateway.
The final miles take the runners along the River Thames, past St Paul’s Cathedral and through Blackfriars and Temple.
They will pass the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament before coming to a stop by the Palace.
Spectators can view the marathon along the route and it will also be shown live on BBC One. It can also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.
Will there be road closures?
The whole marathon route will be closed for much of the day, with bus diversions throughout London.
Here is the full list of road closures and times:
- Charlton Way – 4am to 1pm
- Shooters Hill Road – 4am to 1pm
- St John’s Park – 4am to 1pm
- Charlton Road – 7am to 1pm
- Old Dover Road – 7am to 1pm
- Little Heath – 7am to 1pm
- Charlton Park Lane – 7am to 1pm
- Artillery Place – 7am to 1pm
- John Wilson Street – 7am to 1pm
- Woolwich Church Road – 7am to 2pm
- Woolwich Road – 7am to 2pm
- Trafalgar Road – 7am to 3pm
- Creek Road – 7am to 3pm
- Evelyn Street – 8am to 4pm
- Surrey Quays Road – 8am to 4pm
- Salter Road – 8am to 4pm
- Brunel Road – 8am to 4pm
- Jamaica Road – 8am to 4pm
- Tower Bridge – 8am to 7pm
- The Highway (south side) – 8am to 7pm
- Narrow Street – 8am to 7pm
- Westferry Road – 8am to 7pm
- East Ferry Road – 8am to 7pm
- Marsh Wall – 8am to 7pm
- North Colonnade – 8am to 7pm
- Poplar High Street – 8am to 7pm
- Commercial Street – 8am to 7pm
- The Highway (north side) – 8am to 7pm
- Byward Street – 7.30am to 8.30pm
- Upper Thames Street – 7.30am to 8.30pm
- Victoria Embankment – 7.30am to 8.30pm
London Marathon organisers have advised travellers to use the Docklands Light Railway, London Underground and London Overground as they “all have extra services on Marathon Day, and they are by far the best way to get around”.
Some Santander bike docking stations located on the marathon route may also be closed.