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Watch the London Marathon Live Stream Online
Watch the Virgin London marathon 2018 live streaming online coverage. Free London marathon webcast feed.
By: My World Events
The marathon gets underway across rolling start times spread over 8.55am right through until 10am, when the main elite men's race starts. The course of the London marathon is well known for its spectacular scenery, passing along the way some of the most iconic tourist sites anywhere in the world, and of course crossing the famous Tower Bridge, providing one of the best known marathon photo and film shots you will ever see.
The marathon is watched by a global audience around the world, and with the advent of live online streaming as well as a wide variety of television coverage it is now easier than ever to watch the Virgin London marathon live.
You can watch the whole race live streaming online wherever you are in the world:
The full marathon route covers the following:
Start in Greenwich Park
Old Royal Navy College
The Cutty Sark
Isle of Dogs
Tower of London
Finish on The Mall
Record crowds are expected for the 2018 marathon even though the weather forecast for the day is expected to be unseasonable hot and sunny, with possible record April temperatures for the UK being recorded. Spectators planning on attending the event are therefore recommended to take the necessary precautions:
The London Marathon was not the first long-distance running event held in the city, which has a long history of marathon events. The Polytechnic Marathon (also known as the Poly) was first held in 1909. The current London Marathon was founded in 1981 by former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley.
The first London Marathon was held on 29 March 1981, more than 20,000 applied to run. 6,747 were accepted and 6,255 crossed the finish line on Constitution Hill. The Marathon's popularity has steadily grown since then. As at 2009, 746,635 people have completed the race since its inception. In 2010, 36,549 people crossed the line, the biggest field since the race began. The first wheelchair marathon race was held in 1983 and the event was credited with reducing the stigma surrounding disabled athletes. In 2013 the IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup was held within the London Marathon featuring athletes of both genders in the T42–T46 and T11–T13 categories. In August 2013 it was announced that the event would be staged in London until 2017 and feature athletes in the T11-T12, T13, T42-T44, T43, T45-46, T51-52 and the T53-54 class.
The race is currently organised by Hugh Brasher, son of Chris, as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Previously David Bedford and Bitel had overseen a period of great change for the race, including amendments to the course in 2005 which saw the cobbled section by the Tower of London replaced with a flat stretch along the Highway
Dan Tunstall Pedoe was the medical director of the London Marathon for 25 years between the first one in 1981 until 2005. In 2003, Pedoe was shadowed by Sanjay Sharma from St George's Hospital (University of London) who took over the role in its entirety in 2006. Medical cover is provided by 150 doctors. Also assisting were more than 1,500 volunteers of St. John Ambulance, who organise over 50 first aid posts along the route, and three field hospitals at the finish. St John Ambulance also provide a number of healthcare professions for the event, including nurses, paramedics, ambulances with crews.