One of the world’s most iconic races is upon us as thousands of competitors take to the capital’s streets today for the London Marathon 2018.
For most it is merely a case of getting around the gruelling 26.2 mile course in one piece, but a handful of elite competitors will be striving to cross the line first.
Mo Farah will be looking to take his place among the marathon greats after moving up from the track.
But he’ll have last year’s winner Daniel Wanjiru to content with, together with Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge, the second and third fastest men in history.
After her brilliant women-only world record of 2:17:01 last year, Mary Keitany will start as favourite to win the women’s race for a fourth time, a feat only the great Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen has ever achieved.
But as well as personal glory, how much money will the victors earn?
Here’s the all the prize money details of the big race…
How much will the winners earn?
The winners of the men and women’s elites will both pick up $55,000 for crossing the line first.
Second place in each receives $30,000, third gets $22,500, fourth $15,000.
Overall there is $156,500 on offer, with $1,000 up for grabs for 12th place.
A further $100,000 will be awarded to any runner in the men’s race who runs a sub-2:05:00 time, and to any runner who bests 2:18:00 in the women’s race.
Another $25,000 will be awarded for any competitor that wins the race in a course record time (2:03:05 for the men, 2:17:42 for the women).
If Weir earns his eighth wheelchair title he will take home a record $25,000. The award for winning the wheelchair races has been increased by $5,000 meaning there’s now $142,700 on offer overall.
Who won the 2017 London Marathon?
Daniel Wanjiru broke clear of the pack to win the men’s race, while Mary Keitany was the victor in the women’s contest in a world record time.
Wanjiru was a surprise winner of the 2017 men’s race when he held off the challenge of Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele to succeed Olympic gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge as London Marathon champion.
Last year Keitany went through the half-way point last April more than a minute faster than Paula Radcliffe’s all-time marathon record set in 2003 – but soon fell behind the Briton’s searing pace after her pacemaker dropped out in the second half.
Keitany still set a women-only record in the London Marathon as she romped to victory.
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