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London Marathon: Your guide to the fast and the famous

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 April 2018

Runners hitting the finish line after completing last years London Marathon. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Runners hitting the finish line after completing last years London Marathon. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon follows the usual route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

Thousands of people are expected to pack the capital’s streets tomorrow (Sunday) to cheer on family, friends and the famous faces taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.

Among the celebrities hoping to make it across the finish line are presenter Chris Evans, Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah, chef Gordon Ramsay and The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes.

Television fans may also recognise former EastEnders star Sam Attwater, Doctor Foster actor Bertie Carvel, and former I’m A Celebrity contestant Joel Dommett,

Among the runners used to showing off their sporting skills are retired rower Marcus Bateman, who competed at the London 2012 Olympics, and Paralympian Danny Crates, who won 800m gold in the 2004 Athens games.

Other celebrities to look out for include DJ Scott Mills, football manager Chris Powell and reality TV star Katie Price.

But it’s not all about the fun runners - scores of elite athletes will also be taking to the streets of London in a bid to set their own personal bests.

The field for the men’s race includes last year’s winner Daniel Wanjiru, from Kenya, who will face tough competition from compatriot and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge. British hopes lie with Sir Mo Farah, who has switched to the longer distance.

The women’s field is led by three-time London Marathon champion Mary Keitany and double Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who came a close second in 2017.

Keitany, who is targeting a new world record, said: “I really hope the London crowds get behind my challenge and can help drive me on to achieve something incredible.”

Fans of wheelchair racing can look forward to another close battle between Britain’s David Weir and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, with the former coming out on top last year to claim a record seventh gold medal.

In the women’s event, British racer Jade Jones will be hoping to improve on her fifth place finish from last year, although 2017 winner Manuela Schar and Tatyana McFadden, who won four titles in a row between 2013 and 2016, will be tough to beat.

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