This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 23/04/2017.
What time does the London Marathon start and what TV channel is it on?
One of the world’s most famous races is upon us once again, as tens of thousands of people will run the London Marathon 2017 – but those watching from the comfort of their sofa will want to know how they can follow it on the TV.
Elite and amateur runners will gather early on Sunday (April 23) to take on the iconic 26.2 mile route in the 37th edition of the marathon in the capital.
Whether they will be finishing in fancy dress, running as a superhero for charity or taking part for elite glory – all runners will have their own aim and reason for taking part.
What time are the races?
The starting gun will first sound for the wheelchair race, which starts 9am. They will be followed out of the blocks by the Paralympic runners taking part in the IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup.
The Elite Women’s group will begin shortly after at 9:20am.
The Elite Men’s group, along with the thousands of amateur runners in the main race, will start the epic challenge at 10am.
The main race at 10am will begin on Charlton Way in Blackheath near Greenwich Park, before reaching John Wilson Street in Woolwich, where runners will turn left and then left again in to Woolwich Church Street and run straight ahead, going past the Cutty Sark ship, past Depford, Rotherhithe and Berdmondsey before going across Tower Bridge.
Once over the bridge, runners will go past Shadwell and on to Canary Wharf, where they will almost turn back in on themselves and go around Canary Wharf, returning to Shadwell and then run past London Bridge alongside the River Thames before reaching Westminster, where they will turn right and go past St James, before finally reaching the finish line at The Mall.
A full map of the 10am course, as well as the others, can be found here.
How you can follow friends and family running
Thanks to an app developed by organisers Virgin, you can track the progress of loved ones.
The Virgin Money London Marathon app allows users to track specific runners and see the leaderboard for the whole race.
It boasts a variety of exciting features and lets you find and track participants along the race route, helping you to keep up with split times, finishing positions and results throughout the day.
You can see their progress at every 5K split and track their pace. The app will also predict what time your runner will reach the next 5K checkpoint based on their current pace.
The app is only available on ios devices.
How can I watch on TV?
Of course with London expected to be rammed with people, many of you may prefer to watch the race from the comfort of your televisions screens. If so, you can catch all the action on the BBC.
Live coverage begins on BBC 2 at 8.30am, and continues on BBC 1 at 9.55am.