London Marathon 2023 prize money: How much will the winners get?
Sifan Hassan with her trophy after winning the women’s marathon
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The London Marathon returns to a traditional spring date in 2023, with some of the world’s best distance runners set to compete.
The ever-anticipated event has been held in the autumn in each of the last three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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This year, however, it is back to a late April date, with elite athletes and recreational runners all training hard in a bid to complete the 26.2-mile course in the fastest time.
While the charitable efforts of many participants deserve and command much of the focus over the weekend, for those in the elite fields, there is also prize money to be won.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is the prize money on offer at the London Marathon?
This year’s potential winnings have not been publicly released, but the reported total prize money for last year’s London Marathon was $313,000 (£252,390), with the men’s and women’s winners getting $55,000 (£44,350) each and cash prizes awarded to the top 10 finishers.
Last year saw an increase in the prize money on offer to wheelchair racers – race winners Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner secured $35,000 (£28,218) each, while a total of $199,500 (£160,843) was awarded.
When is the London Marathon?
After three years of being held in October during the Covid-19 pandemic, the London Marathon returns to a traditional date, with this year’s event taking place on Sunday 23 April.
Who is competing in the elite men’s and women’s races?
The men’s field for the 2023 London Marathon contains four of the fastest five male runners in history, with Kenenisa Bekele, Kelvin Kiptum, Birhanu Legese and Mosinet Geremuw all set to compete. They will hope to challenge Amos Kipruto, who returns hoping to defend his title. Tamirat Tola, last year’s world champion over the distance, may also contend, while Mo Farah will bid farewell to his home event.
Equally star-studded is the list of entrants for the elite women’s race. World record holder Brigid Kosgei is one of ten runners with a personal best better than two hours and 19 minutes, a list that also includes the immensely promising Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who took victory last year. Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir will hope to add a London title to marathon crowns already won in Boston and New York, while Eilish McColgan and Sifan Hassan are eye-catching converts from the track set to make their 26.2 mile debuts. The former is, however, an injury doubt.
What time does it start?
8.30am BST: Mini London marathon
8.50am: Elite wheelchair races
9.00am: Elite women’s race
9.30am: Elite men’s race and mass start
How can I watch?
Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the London Marathon on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with coverage commencing at 8.30am BST and continuing until 2.15pm.
What is the route for the 2023 London Marathon?
The course for the event remains largely unchanged since the first running of the race in 1981. Entrants will start in south of Greenwich, embarking on a largely flat course to the east before folding back towards the centre of London on Woolwich Church Street.
From there, runners weave past the Cutty Sark by the Thames, hugging the river as they travel through Bermondsey and crossing Tower Bridge. A right turn will take competitors into the heart of the old Docklands, winding through Canary Wharf before doubling back to begin the final stretch through central London. A dip through an underpass at Blackfriars will take runners down to the Embankment with the Thames to their left, turning right at Westminster Bridge.
Two more right turns on the edge of St James’s Park will take the field on to the famous finish on The Mall near Buckingham Palace.
What are the current marathon world records?
Eliud Kipchoge holds the men’s world record of 2hr 1min 9sec, set in Berlin last year, while Brigid Kosgei’s women’s record is 2hr 14min 4sec and was achieved at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.
What time do runners need to get a medal?
Runners who finish in a time of more than seven hours will not receive a medal.
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