On Sunday 23 April 2017, people from across the world will gather in their masses to the city of London to take part in the annual Virgin Money London Marathon. From elite runners, to seasonal marathoners and charity runners, the streets will be filled with people on what promises to be a great occasion for the capital.
Over 50,000 runners will be taking part in The Virgin Money London Marathon – the highest amount since its creation 36 years ago. There was a total of 253,930 applications received for the ballot entry – a record number highlighting the increasing popularity of running not only in the UK, but specifically in the capital.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is a gruelling 26.2 miles long, starting in Blackheath and covering most the city, passing London’s iconic landmarks and coming to an end at the Mall. The scheduled start time is 10:00am. You can track all the live action including your friends or families’ progress by downloading the official IOS app or monitoring it from the website here.
In this years’ marathon, London Sport will have six runners taking part, raising vital funds to support more disabled Londoners to be physically active. Here are four of the runners along with their short biography on why they are running. Click on their names to read in full.
“I’m Matt Cutler, a 30-year-old journalist who covers the business of sport, living in North London. I am originally from Birmingham, which is where I developed a love - and, more accurately at the moment, hate - relationship with Aston Villa Football Club. I've played sport for as long as I can remember, but I took up running in my early 20's as a way to keep fit".
"I'm Ryan Carson, 28. As a born and bred London lad originally from Peckham, now living in Bow, I've been running these streets for the past 10 years and have met great people along the way. I'm an IT technician working in law by day, but by night, when not running, mostly find me binge watching something on Netflix, or going out to dinner with friends. Having a good social life mixed with the running life is very important, I'd go crazy if it was just run, eat, sleep, repeat!"
"I'm Ellie-May, 27. Originally from a small village in Lincolnshire, I moved to London just over 5 years ago and my love of running has grown ever since I got here. Monday to Friday I work as an Account Director for a creative advertising agency in Soho. Much of my time spent outside of work involves running and exercise generally, whether that be long Sunday runs followed by brunch with my friends LDN Brunch Club, solo miles exploring the city, or rooftop yoga sessions in the summer. I am running London Marathon 2017 as a personal challenge".
London Sport would like to wish the best of luck to our dedicated runners for The Virgin Money London Marathon along with all other participants. If you’re inspired by The Virgin Money London Marathon, why not head over to Get Active London to explore sessions from London's sports clubs and activity organisers now and if you're getting active yourself, remember to show us how London is moving you, using the hashtag #LDNMovesMe to celebrate your activity.