It's that time of year again, when top notch athletes, people raising money for charity, and generally plenty of crazy types head to England's capital city to attempt to run 26 miles. I just managed 5 a week or so ago, and that was hard enough. This year there is more pressure on British athletes who are hoping to gain a spot in the Olympics squad for later this year. Sit down, tune in, and watch the inspirational people running so you don't have to!

101 responses

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:44

    Morning all. They have some pretty big marquees with not a lot of athletes in.

    Colin Hackson said there was just one spot left for the Olympics.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:48

    The Beeb's commentators have been given a mobile box so they can be there for the first time in over 30 years.

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 07:49

    The Beeb's commentators have been given a mobile box so they can be there for the first time in over 30 years.

    Doea this mean they can commentate whilst being driven around?

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:53

    Doea this mean they can commentate whilst being driven around?

    Hehe, I think they stay at the finish. I look forward to the crazy presenters who jog alongside to chat to the non professional runners.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:54

    Already we have a man with a pink beard.

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 07:55

    Hehe, I think they stay at the finish. I look forward to the crazy presenters who jog alongside to chat to the non professional runners.

    I want ones on bikes to do this for the wheelchair runners too. It's time for the Beeb to make their coverage as mad as possible.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:57

    Looks quite sunny but I hope it's not too hot for people.

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 07:58

    Looks quite sunny but I hope it's not too hot for people.

    Peter Sauber will put them to shame.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 07:58

    Women's race about to start. Six GB runners.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:08

    Morning

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:09

    He's going to be Morris Dancing his way around?

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 08:10

    He's going to be Morris Dancing his way around?

    After about 5 miles, people wil speed up just to get away from him.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:21

    Wheelchairs are go

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:26

    Horrendous queues for the loos!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:27

    Big group leading the women's race + 2 pacemakers

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:28

    The thing that worries me about the stepped starts is that I know I wouldn't have got very far ahead in 15 minutes :)

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:31

    I like the GB purple but it doesn't really go with the orange.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:31

    The thing that worries me about the stepped starts is that I know I wouldn't have got very far ahead in 15 minutes :)

    Heheh :)

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:32

    One of those didn't look at all comfortable, all tensed up

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:35

    Being a pacemaker must be a very unrewarding task.

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 08:37

    Being a pacemaker must be a very unrewarding task.

    Just talk to Kofi Annan about it.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:38

    Being a pacemaker must be a very unrewarding task.

    Apart from the money.

    I'm not sure if they should really have pacemakers, if they're that good they can do it on their own.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:38

    On the other hand the races seem to have got closer since they came in

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:41

    I'm not sure if they should really have pacemakers, if they're that good they can do it on their own.

    I agree. I love this from Wikipedia:

    A similar case occurred in the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon when veteran marathoner Paul Pilkington was paid to set a fast pace then drop out. When the elite athletes failed to follow his pace, he kept going, ultimately winning $27,000 and a new Mercedes[5] to the surprise of the expected favorites.

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 08:41

    A similar case occurred in the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon when veteran marathoner Paul Pilkington was paid to set a fast pace then drop out. When the elite athletes failed to follow his pace, he kept going, ultimately winning $27,000 and a new Mercedes[5] to the surprise of the expected favorites.

    That's like the safety car winning a GP which starts in the wet. :)

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:42

    I agree. I love this from Wikipedia:

    Haha that's brilliant

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:44

    Good grief, all those people.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:45

    That's an amazing sight.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:46

    37,000!

    Must be really hard to run among them all.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:50

    Great map, although it's just making it look even longer!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 08:55

    Fast wheelchairs coming through!

  • Will^22/04/2012 at 08:55

    Where on the track are they allowed to use DRS?

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:56

    She still looks tense... if that is how she runs, it's going to be an uncomfortable couple of hours!

  • Mark22/04/2012 at 08:56

    Where on the track are they allowed to use DRS?

    Across Tower Bridge.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:58

    I like the idea of the marathon running past my house, wouldn't have to go far to see it.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 08:59

    The start queue doesn't seem to be going down very quickly!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:00

    I like the idea of the marathon running past my house, wouldn't have to go far to see it.

    That would be good. I'd like to see it but's an effort from here.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:01

    That would be good. I'd like to see it but's an effort from here.

    It's an effort, and an early start :)

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:01

    Not as much effort as running but still.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:03

    Maybe I could drive a lead vehicle, you get to see the course and the crowds in comfort

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:06

    The Shard looks like something from the background of an alien city

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:14

    I am intrigued by these athletes with enormous gloves on.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:20

    Liz Yelling is overtaken by wheelchair peoples.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:27

    Ooh, timing

    http://results-2012.virginlondonmarathon.com/2012/index.php?pid=leaderboard

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:30

    Ooh, timing

    Estimated finish is a great idea.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:37

    It looks a bit less bright now. They were forecasting rain earlier.

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 09:46

    The shard really is very tall isnt it?

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:46

    I do worry when they are throwing their water bottles around. Someone is bound to trip on one.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:47

    The shard really is very tall isnt it?

    It sticks out a bit.

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 09:47

    Would you guys ever do the London Marathon?

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:48

    I might walk it

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:48

    But otherwise no :)

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:48

    I do worry when they are throwing their water bottles around. Someone is bound to trip on one.

    I've seen it happen in the bigger groups, the fun runners etc

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:51

    Would you guys ever do the London Marathon?

    I'd never say never, which is already a step above a couple of years ago when I would have fallen off my chair laughing at the very idea.

    But I think even if I could do the distance, I couldn't cope with the people. It makes me anxious just seeing it on TV.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:51

    7 wheelchairs together in the last mile or so!

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:53

    7 wheelchairs together in the last mile or so!

    Great sprint finish!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:53

    Wow

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 09:53

    But I think even if I could do the distance, I couldn't cope with the people. It makes me anxious just seeing it on TV.

    You'd have to start at the back to get some space, don't know if you get the choice

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 09:55

    You'd have to start at the back to get some space, don't know if you get the choice

    I think you get to start at the back if you're going to hold everyone up, so I just need to find a panda costume or something.

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 09:59

    But I think even if I could do the distance, I couldn't cope with the people. It makes me anxious just seeing it on TV.

    See I would reeeallly love to do it. I know it would completely kill me but it's one of them life list things really. even if it did take 20 hours to do :)

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:00

    See I would reeeallly love to do it. I know it would completely kill me but it's one of them life list things really. even if it did take 20 hours to do :)

    It's definitely on a lot of people's life lists, and I can see why. It's a great achievement and I bet the atmosphere is fab.

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 10:02

    It's definitely on a lot of people's life lists, and I can see why. It's a great achievement and I bet the atmosphere is fab.

    Run Fatboy Run also speaks volumes to me :)

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:07

    Rhino sighting

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:07

    Rhino sighting

    Hehehe.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:18

    The women's race is not so close.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:19

    Last year's winner wins again. Big lead.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:22

    Did he say she ran faster than Radcliffe did when she set a record?

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:23

    Yet this wasn't a record? Blimey.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:23

    Did he say she ran faster than Radcliffe did when she set a record?

    He definitely said it was one of the fastest second halves of a marathon. I guess the first bit was too slow for a record?

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 10:23

    I always thought they got wrapped in tin foil when they finished. Virgin towels aren't so fun

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:29

    Run 26 miles and then pose for lots of photos. The life of an athlete!

  • Lukeh22/04/2012 at 10:31

    Kipsang is destroying the men's race

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:44

    He's making it look easy as well

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:47

    Although they all look quite tired now, especially the chasers

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:50

    Although they all look quite tired now, especially the chasers

    I'm so amazed they have anything left to speed up on that last stretch.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:50

    3 seconds outside the record! Big lead over the rest

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:51

    I'm so amazed they have anything left to speed up on that last stretch.

    Like Lel did, how did he do that?

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 10:53

    Like Lel did, how did he do that?

    Just amazing!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 10:57

    Shame for the Brits to miss the 2hr12 marker, but a lot of the athletes seem to be struggling now

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 11:03

    Wills and Kate doing the marathon? God, imagine the media coverage.

  • Mr C22/04/2012 at 11:36

    amazing how many people are running with phones strapped to their arms, tracking progress this year.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 11:44

    Their pacemaker carries a sign!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 11:44

    James Cracknell does 3hrs.

    Who else keeping marathon feed open (err TV actually) whilst F1 is on? Will try to watch both, not as fully into the F1 today as usual

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 11:46

    Who else keeping marathon feed open (err TV actually) whilst F1 is on? Will try to watch both, not as fully into the F1 today as usual

    Yes!

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 11:49

    Wow, 2h54 for Nell McAndrew

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 11:49

    Yes!

    :) Coverage until 2pm, I'm sure they usually exit earlier than that even on non-F1 weeks

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 11:59

    From @AllanMcNish on Corvette GT driver Olly:

    @olivergavin well done Olly, 2 hours 58 mins 46 seconds takes some doing....impressed.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:10

    Usingh Bolt :)

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:11

    Mario!

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:15

    Luigi and Mario made it to the end.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:29

    Proclaimers :)

    Tower Bridge is clear now

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:34

    They're talking to someone called Graham Bell who looks just like Trulli

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:35

    They're talking to someone called Graham Bell who looks just like Trulli

    He does!

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:36

    Is that an oompa loompa?

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:39

    Is that an oompa loompa?

    Yep :)

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:42

    Really good job from Sophie Raworth after collapsing last year.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:54

    Seems to be the majority still going are walking now.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:54

    Kermit!

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:55

    Kermit!

    That's awesome.

  • Christine22/04/2012 at 12:58

    Finished now. Enjoyed that! Kermit was my favourite.

  • Pat W22/04/2012 at 12:59

    Good fun, love the atmosphere there.