London Marathon prize money: How much does London Marathon winner earn?
London Marathon: 2020 race changed to elite-athlete only event
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England’s capital city will be awash with runners again today (Sunday) with the iconic London Marathon set to take place. It will be the 41st edition of the race, but the first time in two years that amateur runners can take to the streets after the 2020 event was made virtual to all non-elite athletes, due to the impact of Covid-19.
The virtual option has been extended to entrants this time around too, but around 45,000 runners are expected to cross the start-line near Blackheath in Greenwich.
The elite wheelchair race is scheduled to start at 8.50am, the elite women will start at 9am and the elite men will start at 9.30am. The public masses are then due to get underway at 10.10am – all with their own goals and target times.
For most runners, the reward will come in the form of a finishing medal, not prize money, but although the exact distribution of this year’s pot is yet to be revealed, there is thought to be sizeable funds on offer to the professional athletes.
In 2019, the elite men and women’s winners, which was the Kenyan pairing of Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, won £39,000 each.
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Second place received £22,000 while third place was awarded £16,000, and fourth £10,500.
It was considerably less in 2020 however as the event was scaled down considerably, with male winner Shura Kitata and female winner Kosgei only receiving around 50% of what had been on offer a year earlier.
In the elite races this year, there is said to be £121,000 on offer for those who emerge victorious or are placed in the top four.
Any participant in the men’s race who runs a sub-2:05:00 time will get a share of £70,000, and the same applies for women who run sub 2:18:00.
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A further bonus of £17,600 will be awarded to anyone who wins the race in a record time, with current markers set by Kipchoge for the men in 2019 – 2:02:37 – and Paula Radcliffe for the women in 2003 – 2:15:25.
In the wheelchair races, a total of £17,600 will be awarded to first prize winners, but there is also now £100,260 on offer to placing wheelchair competitors overall.
Brent Lakatos, of Canada, was men’s champion in 2020 while Nikita den Boer, of the Netherlands, won the women’s race.
However, it remains to be seen how many spectators will be there to cheer competitors on, despite the noise and support now almost a customary feature of the event.
London residents have been encouraged to watch the race, televised live by the BBC, from the comfort of their homes and avoid gathering in large groups around the course.
The Virgin Money London Marathon 2021 app also allows family and friends to track the progress of particular runners.
The event is again expected to raise millions for good causes.
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