|38th London Marathon|
Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot
|Date||22 April 2018|
The 2018 London Marathon (officially 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon) was the 38th annual mass participation London Marathon race and took place on Sunday, 22 April 2018, in London, England. An estimated number of 40,000 runners were expected on the start line on 22 April in the race that was formally started by Queen Elizabeth. It was officially recorded as the hottest London Marathon to date at a peak temperature of 24.1 °C (75.4 °F).
On 23 March 2018, London Marathon Limited, the organisers of the event announced that the Queen would formally start the race by "step[ping] onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00 am" This was 110 years after the 1908 Olympic Marathon was started at the same venue by the then Princess Mary, grandmother to The Queen and it is the third time a member of the royal family has started the race, held annually since 1981.
With hot weather forecast, the organisers told racers to lower their performance goals and reconsider fancy dress which could lead to overheating. Extra water and cooling showers were added along the route. On race day, the temperature at St James's Park was recorded as 24.1 °C (75.4 °F), making this the hottest London Marathon ever.
The men's elite race saw the second-ever entry into a competitive marathon by British runner Mo Farah, who, despite a mix-up at a water station, managed to finish third in a new British record. The race winner, Eliud Kipchoge, was on pace for a world record, but slowed in the final stages, finishing with a time of 2:04:17.
Both Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba went into the women's elite race aiming to set a new world record for a women's marathon with male pacemakers. Keitany led on a world-record pace for much of the race, but faded in the final few miles to eventually finish fifth. Dibaba also struggled as the race progressed and failed to finish. The race winner was Vivian Cheruiyot in a time of 2:18:31.
Results are listed below:
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- "London Marathon 2018 hottest on record". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
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- "London Marathon runners told: don't wear fancy dress in the hot weather". iNews. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- "Fancy-dress wearers warned for marathon". ESPN. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- Turner, Camilla (23 April 2018). "MasterChef contestant Matt Campbell dies after collapsing during London Marathon". The Daily Telegraph.
- "London Marathon 2018: Mo Farah finishes third as Eliud Kipchoge wins". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- "London Marathon 2018: Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot wins but Paula Radcliffe keeps world record". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- "London Marathon 2018: David Weir wins eighth London Marathon men's wheelchair title". bbc.com/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- "Race Results, 2018 London Marathon". London Marathon. Retrieved 22 April 2018.