Stephen Mangan, Harry Judd, Mark Wright and James Cracknell join 40,000 runners in London Marathon

Celebrities including Green Wing star Stephen Mangan, McFly’s Harry Judd, Mark Wright and James Cracknell have joined more than 40,000 runners in the London Marathon today.

The stars have joined 42,000 elite and amateur runners as they tackle the gruelling 26.2-mile course from Greenwich Park to the Mall near Buckingham Palace.

They were all smiles as they crossed the starting line, although those grins might turn to grimaces as they work their way through London towards the finish line, cheered on by hundreds of thousands of spectators who are lining the streets to show their support.

Before the mass event got underway this morning, there was a moving rendition of the national anthem in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died last month.

After the tribute the elite men and the mass group were set on their way by England Lionesses Leah Williamson, Ellen White and Jill Scott.

Many of those taking part will be doing so for charity, often with moving personal stories behind why they are putting their bodies through the wringer having spent months, and sometimes years, preparing for the big event.

As competitors make their way past the crowds they will also see the iconic landmarks of the capital, including Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the London Eye, Westminster and of course, Buckingham Palace on the home straight.

Equally iconic are the now-famous fancy dress costumes that some runners will don as they take part, with giant sunflowers, Minions and even Big Ben’s Elizabeth Tower all set to draw attention as they make their way around the course.

The wheelchair races saw early success for the Brits as David Weir and Eden Rainbow-Cooper in the men’s and women’s races respectively.

Broadcaster Sophie Raworth and McFly's Harry Judd run alongside each other as they cross the start line of this year's London Marathon

Broadcaster Sophie Raworth and McFly's Harry Judd run alongside each other as they cross the start line of this year's London Marathon

Broadcaster Sophie Raworth and McFly’s Harry Judd run alongside each other as they cross the start line of this year’s London Marathon

The Only Way Is Essex's Mark Wright was also among the 40,000 people who are taking part in the long-distance running event today

The Only Way Is Essex's Mark Wright was also among the 40,000 people who are taking part in the long-distance running event today

The Only Way Is Essex’s Mark Wright was also among the 40,000 people who are taking part in the long-distance running event today 

Green Wing's Stephen Mangan was also spotted starting the race today, which has one of its biggest ever fields

Green Wing's Stephen Mangan was also spotted starting the race today, which has one of its biggest ever fields

Green Wing’s Stephen Mangan was also spotted starting the race today, which has one of its biggest ever fields

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge as they take on the 26.2-mile course of the London Marathon this morning

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge as they take on the 26.2-mile course of the London Marathon this morning

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge as they take on the 26.2-mile course of the London Marathon this morning

A runner dressed as a unicorn makes their way through the course at Rotherhithe this morning as part of the 42,000 participants

A runner dressed as a unicorn makes their way through the course at Rotherhithe this morning as part of the 42,000 participants

A runner dressed as a unicorn makes their way through the course at Rotherhithe this morning as part of the 42,000 participants

A man dressed as rhino walks to the starting area before the marathon today as he gets set to run the course to raise money for Save The Rhino

A man dressed as rhino walks to the starting area before the marathon today as he gets set to run the course to raise money for Save The Rhino

A man dressed as rhino walks to the starting area before the marathon today as he gets set to run the course to raise money for Save The Rhino

One participant takes part in a full suit of armour and walks around the course as the sunshine comes out above London

One participant takes part in a full suit of armour and walks around the course as the sunshine comes out above London

One participant takes part in a full suit of armour and walks around the course as the sunshine comes out above London

Switzerland's Catherine Debrunner (left) and Marcel Hug (right) celebrate winning the women's and men's elite wheelchair races today

Switzerland's Catherine Debrunner (left) and Marcel Hug (right) celebrate winning the women's and men's elite wheelchair races today

Switzerland’s Catherine Debrunner (left) and Marcel Hug (right) celebrate winning the women’s and men’s elite wheelchair races today

Great Britain's Weynay Ghebresilasie (right) and Rose Harvey (left) celebrate being the first Brits home in the Women's and Men's Elite Races at London Marathon 2022

Great Britain's Weynay Ghebresilasie (right) and Rose Harvey (left) celebrate being the first Brits home in the Women's and Men's Elite Races at London Marathon 2022

Great Britain’s Weynay Ghebresilasie (right) and Rose Harvey (left) celebrate being the first Brits home in the Women’s and Men’s Elite Races at London Marathon 2022

A runner dressed as Shrek takes on the course today as he raises money for Shooting Star Children's Hospices by running the event

A runner dressed as Shrek takes on the course today as he raises money for Shooting Star Children's Hospices by running the event

A runner dressed as Shrek takes on the course today as he raises money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices by running the event

Someone in fancy dress runs alongside other participants in the London Marathon today as they rais money for JDRF, a diabetes charity

Someone in fancy dress runs alongside other participants in the London Marathon today as they rais money for JDRF, a diabetes charity

Someone in fancy dress runs alongside other participants in the London Marathon today as they rais money for JDRF, a diabetes charity

Runners arrive in Greenwich Park ahead of the start of the London Marathon today. Fancy dress, such as this man dressed as a sunflower, will be a common sight in the city today

Runners arrive in Greenwich Park ahead of the start of the London Marathon today. Fancy dress, such as this man dressed as a sunflower, will be a common sight in the city today

Runners arrive in Greenwich Park ahead of the start of the London Marathon today. Fancy dress, such as this man dressed as a sunflower, will be a common sight in the city today

This person will be running dressed as a Minion in today's event. Around 42,000 people are expected to take part in the race

This person will be running dressed as a Minion in today's event. Around 42,000 people are expected to take part in the race

This person will be running dressed as a Minion in today’s event. Around 42,000 people are expected to take part in the race

(L-R) Second placed Susannah Scaroni of United States, first placed Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland and Third placed Eden Rainbow-Cooper of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Susannah Scaroni of United States, first placed Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland and Third placed Eden Rainbow-Cooper of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Susannah Scaroni of United States, first placed Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland and Third placed Eden Rainbow-Cooper of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Daniel Romanchuk of United States, first placed Marcel Hug of Switzerland and third place David Weir of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Daniel Romanchuk of United States, first placed Marcel Hug of Switzerland and third place David Weir of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Daniel Romanchuk of United States, first placed Marcel Hug of Switzerland and third place David Weir of Great Britain

(L-R) Second placed Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, first placed Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia and third placed Alemu Megertu of Ethiopia

(L-R) Second placed Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, first placed Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia and third placed Alemu Megertu of Ethiopia

(L-R) Second placed Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, first placed Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia and third placed Alemu Megertu of Ethiopia

(L-R) Second placed Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia, first placed Amos Kipruto of Kenya and third placed Bashir Abdi of Belgium

(L-R) Second placed Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia, first placed Amos Kipruto of Kenya and third placed Bashir Abdi of Belgium

(L-R) Second placed Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia, first placed Amos Kipruto of Kenya and third placed Bashir Abdi of Belgium

Before the men's elite race and the mass start, there was a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as a brass band played the national anthem

Before the men's elite race and the mass start, there was a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as a brass band played the national anthem

Before the men’s elite race and the mass start, there was a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as a brass band played the national anthem

Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei and Japan's Reia Iwade in action at the start of the women's elite race at this morning's London Marathon

Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei and Japan's Reia Iwade in action at the start of the women's elite race at this morning's London Marathon

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei and Japan’s Reia Iwade in action at the start of the women’s elite race at this morning’s London Marathon

The women's elite race was won by Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia after she surged clear to win in an impressive time of 2:17:26

The women's elite race was won by Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia after she surged clear to win in an impressive time of 2:17:26

The women’s elite race was won by Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia after she surged clear to win in an impressive time of 2:17:26

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer's disease in 2016

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer's disease in 2016

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016

The route will take runners east out of Greenwich Park before turning west and into central London past iconic landmarks in the capital

The route will take runners east out of Greenwich Park before turning west and into central London past iconic landmarks in the capital

The route will take runners east out of Greenwich Park before turning west and into central London past iconic landmarks in the capital

Lionesses Jill Scott (left), Ellen White (centre) and Leah Williamson (right) pushed the klaxon to officially start the London Marathon this morning

Lionesses Jill Scott (left), Ellen White (centre) and Leah Williamson (right) pushed the klaxon to officially start the London Marathon this morning

Lionesses Jill Scott (left), Ellen White (centre) and Leah Williamson (right) pushed the klaxon to officially start the London Marathon this morning

This runner will take on the 26.2-mile course while dressed as a tree as he runs in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

This runner will take on the 26.2-mile course while dressed as a tree as he runs in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

This runner will take on the 26.2-mile course while dressed as a tree as he runs in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Potential for showers before the sun breaks through at the marathon 

Runners and spectators in the London Marathon faced a cool start today, with the prospect of some rain showers to put a dampener on the blockbuster event.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 18C this afternoon, although it will be a relatively cool 14C when the Elite Men’s race and mass start take place.

The Met Office’s forecast for London predicted a cloudy start to the day, with the sun breaking through the clouds around midday, although it will become more overcast later into the afternoon and evening. The maximum temperature is set to be 18C in the mid-afternoon.

However, the organisation’s radar seemed to suggest the possibility of some showers moving through London between 8am and 11am.

Wind speeds are forecast to reach six miles per hour from the north west, which shouldn’t be gusty enough to impact a participant’s pace.

On its website the Met Office said it would be a ‘cloudy morning with some outbreaks of rain, especially across southern areas’.

It added the conditions would see ‘rain gradually clearing into the afternoon, with most places becoming drier and brighter, with some sunny spells developing. A cool start, but temperatures should recover into the afternoon.’

For those who do decide to wear something exotic, they will perhaps be a little relieved to find running conditions slightly cooler than normal for the event. Traditionally the race has taken place in April, but for the last couple of years it has been moved back to October due to the Covid pandemic. 

This will be the last time it is held in the autumn, and those taking part will see mainly overcast conditions, with some sunny spells towards the middle of the day and highs of 18C.

However, Britain’s Mo Farah did not get to enjoy the perfect running conditions, as the hugely popular Olympian has been ruled out of the men’s elite race by a hip injury.

Those who make it into the capital will have done so despite a national rail strike which brought the network to a halt yesterday and impacted on services into the capital early this morning.

While wheelchair races and the women’s elite race were underway by 9am, the mass start and men’s elite group were held until 9.40am. 

Before they got underway a brass band played the national anthem in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle last month.

Even with no Mo Farah, the field for the men’s elite race still included six people who have run under two hours and four minutes. 

And it was won in style by favourite Amos Kipruto, who finished in 2:04:39. 

He was followed by Ehtiopian Leul Gebresilase and Belgian Bashir Abdi. Long-distance running legend  Kenenisa Bekele finished fifth.

In the women’s race favourite Yalemzerf Yehualaw from Ethiopia surged clear to win in an impressive time of 2:17:26. 

She was followed in second place by last year’s winner Joyciline Jepkosgei, who finished in a time of 2:18:06.

While the chance to win is what drives the elite competitors, for many taking part today it is the prospect of finishing that is the biggest thing they’re looking forward to.

Among those taking part is Rob Duncombe, chief pharmacist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, who is running for charity wearing an ‘absolutely stunning’ 8ft tall oak tree costume.

The 54-year-old, from Chelmsford, Essex, who is running on behalf of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, is hoping to beat the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a tree (male), which stands at four hours, five minutes and six seconds.

Actor Stephen Mangan, who is running for Marie Curie UK, joked that ‘for reasons I’ve yet to fully understand I’m running the London Marathon’ as he urged people to sponsor him to help raise money for ‘an incredible charity’.

But when broadcaster Sophie Raworth was stopped by the BBC she revealed she had just ‘popped a calf muscle’ and was unsure if she would make it to the end.

The Met Office’s forecast for London predicted a cloudy start to the day, with the sun breaking through the clouds around midday, although it will become more overcast later into the afternoon and evening. The maximum temperature is set to be 18C in the mid-afternoon.

However, the organisation’s radar seemed to suggest the possibility of some showers moving through London between 8am and 11am.

Wind speeds are forecast to reach six miles per hour from the north west, which shouldn’t be gusty enough to impact a participant’s pace.

On its website the Met Office said it would be a ‘cloudy morning with some outbreaks of rain, especially across southern areas’.

It added the conditions would see ‘rain gradually clearing into the afternoon, with most places becoming drier and brighter, with some sunny spells developing. A cool start, but temperatures should recover into the afternoon.’

The Met Office predicted that most of the wet weather will be confined to the south of the country, with brighter conditions elsewhere.

Some supporters along the marathon route held signs of encouragement and blew horns to contribute to the atmosphere.

Some supporters along the marathon route held signs of encouragement and blew horns to contribute to the atmosphere.

Some supporters along the marathon route held signs of encouragement and blew horns to contribute to the atmosphere.

Thousands of people have come out to support the runners this year, including at major London landmarks such as Tower Bridge

Thousands of people have come out to support the runners this year, including at major London landmarks such as Tower Bridge

Thousands of people have come out to support the runners this year, including at major London landmarks such as Tower Bridge

Runners arrive for the London Marathon this morning. They will be among the 42,000 people set to take part in the 26.2-mile race today

Runners arrive for the London Marathon this morning. They will be among the 42,000 people set to take part in the 26.2-mile race today

Runners arrive for the London Marathon this morning. They will be among the 42,000 people set to take part in the 26.2-mile race today

There will be plenty of smiles on the faces of runners as they power their way through central London during the marathon today

There will be plenty of smiles on the faces of runners as they power their way through central London during the marathon today

There will be plenty of smiles on the faces of runners as they power their way through central London during the marathon today

A runner smiles for the camera as he makes his way through Greenwich after starting the London Marathon this morning

A runner smiles for the camera as he makes his way through Greenwich after starting the London Marathon this morning

A runner smiles for the camera as he makes his way through Greenwich after starting the London Marathon this morning

A man helps one of the runners prepare to run today's London Marathon in a rhino costume as they raise money for Save The Rhino

A man helps one of the runners prepare to run today's London Marathon in a rhino costume as they raise money for Save The Rhino

A man helps one of the runners prepare to run today’s London Marathon in a rhino costume as they raise money for Save The Rhino

One runner dressed in a Union Jack skin suit walks to the starting area ahead of the London Marathon this morning

One runner dressed in a Union Jack skin suit walks to the starting area ahead of the London Marathon this morning

One runner dressed in a Union Jack skin suit walks to the starting area ahead of the London Marathon this morning

British Olympian Mo Farah had been due to run the elite men's race, but has been forced to pull out of the competition due to a hip injury

British Olympian Mo Farah had been due to run the elite men's race, but has been forced to pull out of the competition due to a hip injury

British Olympian Mo Farah had been due to run the elite men’s race, but has been forced to pull out of the competition due to a hip injury

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Around 42,000 runners are set to take part in the event, which is one of the biggest in the capital's calendar. Pictured: Participants walk thought Blackheath before the start of the marathon today

Around 42,000 runners are set to take part in the event, which is one of the biggest in the capital's calendar. Pictured: Participants walk thought Blackheath before the start of the marathon today

Around 42,000 runners are set to take part in the event, which is one of the biggest in the capital’s calendar. Pictured: Participants walk thought Blackheath before the start of the marathon today

There are set to be highs of 18C this afternoon. Pictured: Runners rest their legs in Blackheath this morning ahead of today's race

There are set to be highs of 18C this afternoon. Pictured: Runners rest their legs in Blackheath this morning ahead of today's race

There are set to be highs of 18C this afternoon. Pictured: Runners rest their legs in Blackheath this morning ahead of today’s race

Rail strikes impact people trying to get to marathon 

Runners trying to get to the start line of the London Marathon on time faced travel chaos as the rail strike ground the overground network to a halt.

Members of four trade unions went on strike for 24 hours on Saturday, causing the worst rail disruption of the year so far, with parts of the country having no services all day. 

Rail passengers were advised only to travel if necessary on Saturday because of the strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Aslef, Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA).

And the disruption continued this morning with trains run by many operators and travelling any reasonable distance into central London will not arriving before 9am.

The move left travellers frustrated, with some blasting the unions for penalising the ‘kindest folk, charities and the people they are helping’.

Others branded them ‘vile selfish bullies’ for striking on the eve of one of the biggest events in the capital’s calendar.

It said: ‘Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards across southern England and the far south of Wales this morning, clearing by afternoon. Most other parts dry with sunny spells, but breezy and showery for northern Scotland.’

There will be clear skies and light winds across the UK tonight, meaning it could feel chilly and fog patches could develop in some places. Cloud will roll in along with stronger winds in the far northwest later in the night.

And tomorrow will see most of the country remain dry and bright once fog patches clear, although the Met Office warns ‘a little light rain possible in the far south’.

It added there will be ‘heavy rain and gales developing across Northern Ireland and western Scotland.’

Runners and people wanting to get into the city for the event faced the additional stress of having to navigate the rail strike. 

Union workers walked out of their jobs yesterday as part of a dispute over pay and conditions at rail franchises across the country.

The 24-hour strike officially took place yesterday, but it meant that many early services today were delayed as the network got back up and running. 

Trains run by many operators and travelling any reasonable distance into central London were not set arrive before 9am.

The move left travellers frustrated, with some blasting the unions for penalising the ‘kindest folk, charities and the people they are helping’.

Others branded them ‘vile selfish bullies’ for striking on the eve of one of the biggest events in the capital’s calendar.

While many national operators have started their services later than normal today as a result of the strike, Southeastern says it has put on early trains to help get people to the start areas.

Services from London terminals towards Blackheath, Greenwich and Maze hill started at around 7am this morning, with many runners taking full advantage to try and get there with plenty of time to spare.


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