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London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
London Marathon 2018, live race updates - plus how to track family and friends
London Marathon tracker: How to follow running progress Why the first two-hour marathon could be round the corner START TIMES: 8.55am - Elite wheelchair races 9.15am - Elite women's race 10am - Elite men's race followed by mass race The London Marathon record is Eliud Kipchoge's 2hrs 3mins 5secs Daniel Wanjiru faces a tough task to defend his London Marathon title against three of the finest distance runners of their generation. The 25-year-old Kenyan is up against Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, whom he pipped into second place last year, and 2015 and 2016 winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya. Bekele and Kipchoge are the second and third fastest men in history respectively, although any ambitions of breaking Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2hrs 2mins 57secs have been complicated by the hot weather. Then there is the added threat of Sir Mo Farah, Britain's multiple Olympic and World track gold medalist who has now turned his attention to the marathon. Wanjiru was second behind Farah at London's Big Half in March as both fine-tuned their preparations for the big race. Follow all the action below... 10:09AM This guy Loves it. 10:07AM If you're feeling inspired, here's a wee thing that'll help 10 things no one tells you before you run the London Marathon 10:03AM Here come the rest of the runners! They're all starting that run from Greenwich. All 50,000+ of them! 10:00AM AND THEY'RE OFF! 9:59AM Here come the men It's Sir Mo Farah! The biggest cheer of the morning so far goes to Mo as he prepares to smash the marathon. Credit: BBC 9:55AM Elite women's update Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is in the lead. They've passed the 10km mark and her time for that was 31:46, which seems quick. The four runners behind her are all from Kenya! 1 TIRUNESH DIBABA (ETH) 00:31:46 2 MARY KEITANY (KEN) 00:31:47 3 BRIGID KOSGEI (KEN) 00:32:15 4 GLADYS CHERONO (KEN) 00:32:15 5 VIVIAN CHERUIYOT (KEN) 00:32:53 9:53AM Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer are on site! Bryony Gordon and Jada Sezer Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:52AM This is brilliant What it's like to run the London Marathon - carrying a fridge I thoroughly recommend you give it a wee read. I have a fridge story. Until recently I lived in a Hackney flatshare with one small fridge between four people. It was not nice. I am in my 30s. Anyway, my next door neighbours put their ancient very tall fridge out on the street and I thought, 'this is it. This is my chance' and I said I'd take it off their hands. Unfortunately I was on my own at the time and had to negotiate this monstrosity, which stood a good foot taller than me, down a narrow flight of stairs and into an even narrower corridor. All of this done in full view of a massive block of flats in the sun. After incredible, near-super-human effort, I managed. Success! The fridge was broken. And so, here I was, on my own, in front of a watching block of flats, trying to heave a gigantic broken fridge up a narrow flight of stone steps in the sun. A low point in my adult life. But the thought of carrying one on my back for an entire marathon is insane. Props to you, my friend. 9:44AM The celebs getting ready Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer Credit: GETTY IMAGES I'm told that Joel Dommett is a comedian but being one of those pretentious types without a TV, I can't say I've ever heard of him. I'm sure he's nice. Joel Dommett Credit: GETTY IMAGES 9:41AM The marathon safety instructions These are the official (friendly) warnings for today's runners. "It's very hot for this time of day. We're telling them to slow down, hydrate themselves and drain douse (pour water over your head and down your back), then in the spirit of London, pass it back to other runners to do the same. "If you have fancy dress don't wear it or discard it along the route!" 9:37AM Forrest Gump is running Credit: BBC "I last shaved on September the 14th 2016," says this lovely chap, who is running to raise money for an animal charity (sorry - I didn't write which one down in time!). The lady next to him says her mental health has improved dramatically since she started running all the time - it's true, it really does help. Our own mental health running champion, Bryony Gordon, attests to it. Bryony Gordon on why she's running the marathon for her mum (in her undies) 9:27AM The pacemakers The advantage of a pacemaker is that apparently they help you avoid running too fast from the start. Paula Radcliffe says the first mile is basically a freebie and you're allowed to go as fast as you want. Mary Keitany is absolutely going for it. I wonder what happens if a pacemaker goes rogue and decides to destroy the marathon world record, finds that extra pace somewhere inside and nips on. 9:20AM Men's wheelchair race These top gents are currently around Cutty Sark. A group of about nine have pulled away from the chasing pack, with Marcel Hug (SUI) in the lead. 9:15AM Elite women's race AND THEY'RE OFF! GO GO GO! There are a bunch of men running alongside the Elite Women wearing black and white striped vests. Apparently these are 'pacemakers', who are there to assist the runners to try and run at the fastest speed they can. They want a world record, basically. 9:14AM Kathrine Switzer is a bit of a hero In 1967 she became the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon, and wearing the same number she wore then, Kathrine Switzer is going to run the London Marathon. She's 71. I get bored (tired) after 2km, that is exceptional. Credit: BBC She was attacked halfway through the Boston Marathon as well by some mad sexist lunatic: Credit: GETTY IMAGES "My boyfriend decked the official, I ran on to finish. It changed millions of womens' lives!" 8:44AM Which celebrities are running? There's the usual bunch of 'some you've heard of and most you haven't'. Chris Newton became the quickest celebrity ever to run the marathon in 2014 when the world champion cyclist swapped out the bike for his own legs, setting an impressive time of 2:45:10. The year after he beat his own record and set a time of 2:39:27 which all celebrities will be looking to beat in years to come. Sticking with the celebs this year you probably know... Chris Evans (DJ) Katie Price (TV personality) Gordon Ramsey (Chef) Scott Mills (DJ) Joel Dommett (Comedian) Sophie Raworth (News presenter) George Lamb (TV presenter) Stephen Mangan (Actor) Rochelle Humes (Singer with the Saturdays) Jonathan Pearce (Football commentator) Contestants from the Great British Bake Off 8:23AM Weather watch If anybody knows if conditions are any good out there, it's this lady: Ready and waiting! Perfect conditions on the Mall for @LondonMarathon#VLM2018 Good Luck to everyone today, go out and enjoy every moment of it. pic.twitter.com/5lh8teiLwm— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) April 22, 2018 8:00AM It's marathon day - is the mercury rising? Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of today's 2018 London Marathon. First things first, the BIG question is: 'What's the weather like out there after the heatwave we've had?' Well, warnings have been issued to runners taking part in the London Marathon due to the rising temperatures. Today's race is expected to be the warmest on record with 23 degrees Celsius forecast, beating the previous high of 22.2 in 2007, although the mild dampness in the air and the possibility of light rain should help the runners. Nevertheless, extra water, ice and showers are available to runners, while event organisers are urging all participants to prepare for the conditions accordingly. Today's weather forecast Credit: BBC Runners in fancy dress have been warned they may have to ditch their costumes in favour of traditional vest and shorts in order to get round the 26.2 mile course safely. The mercury rising should not hinder the elite athletes, however. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the winner in 2015 and 2016, said: "Everyone's worried about the weather but you are going to see a beautiful race on Sunday. When I train in Kenya the temperature is around 20 degrees." Britain's Lily Partridge, of Aldershot, has been training near Alicante in Spain. She added: "My last couple of long runs have been in temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees so I'm not worried."
Los azulgranas han conseguido el cuarto título copero consecutivo y el 30º de su historia.
El Real Madrid de Mourinho fue el último en eliminar al Barcelona en Copa
Los azulgranas han conseguido el cuarto título copero consecutivo y el 30º de su historia.
Rony Lopes, 22, is happy at Monaco but acknowledged anything is possible in the future with a deep connection to Manchester City.
Lopes: A return to Man City? My present is Monaco but the future belongs to God
Rony Lopes, 22, is happy at Monaco but acknowledged anything is possible in the future with a deep connection to Manchester City.
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has played only nine matches this year due to an arm injury (AFP Photo/Mark Sagliocco)
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has played only nine matches this year due to an arm injury
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has played only nine matches this year due to an arm injury (AFP Photo/Mark Sagliocco)
Nicolas Sanchez kicked two conversions and a pair of penalties to secure the Jaguares a 25-20 victory over the Brumbies in Super Rugby.
Jaguares catch out Brumbies in Canberra
Nicolas Sanchez kicked two conversions and a pair of penalties to secure the Jaguares a 25-20 victory over the Brumbies in Super Rugby.
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez pays tribute to 'gentleman and a football master' Arsene Wenger
KL assistant Yee Fatt Chong explains why they seemed reluctant to kill the game and did not make further substitutions in their defeat to Selangor.
KL's reluctance to kill the game and use up substitutions explained
KL assistant Yee Fatt Chong explains why they seemed reluctant to kill the game and did not make further substitutions in their defeat to Selangor.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
What Southampton can learn from Chelsea defeat to win today's FA Cup semi-final
Chelsea's season might not look quite so disastrous if they win the FA Cup. Standing in their way of that magical cloaking device is Southampton, a team who threw a two-goal lead against Antonio Conte's side last Saturday. Mark Hughes' attempts to make Southampton more watchable have coincided with them conceding three goals in every one of his Premier League games in charge. It's a dreadful record but if we look for a positive, it does at least suggest he really is trying to make changes instead of doing the usual new manager thing of 'everyone behind the ball'. So, how might he approach this FA Cup semi-final and avoid losing another two goal advantage? Pick the right shape Hughes' first game charge saw a very attacking 4-4-2 formation defeat a spirited Wigan side, his second was a 3-0 defeat to West Ham with the same system, a poor Arsenal beat a 3-4-3 set up and Chelsea came back from two goals down in their previous meeting against that same 3-4-3 shape. Southampton (left) vs Chelsea (right) It's unclear whether Hughes knows what his best team is yet but judging by the success that shape yielded early on against Chelsea, we might assume that this will be how they line up. Quite a few teams have matched Conte's system to try and beat them and Hughes wasn't far away until Olivier Giroud came off the bench and saved the day. This 3-4-3 might be the best option. The key to making it work will be getting the shape right in different phases of play. It should give Southampton defensive stability with a back five plus a midfield of four if the forwards drop when needed, and means that Chelsea don't gain numerical advantages in any particular part of the pitch. Focus play down the left What really worked against Chelsea was focusing play down the left wing, targeting Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Italian wing-back has taken a little longer than he will have liked to adjust to Premier League football and continues to be caught out of position and lack a little bite when defending. He was substituted immediately after the second Southampton goal. Southampton focused 59.7 per cent of attacking play down the left wing Hughes exploited this by having Ryan Bertrand overlap Dusan Tadic on the left wing. Azpilicueta was forced to cover space left vacant by Zappacosta, while Tadic moved inside the pitch to take advantage of Cesc Fabregas being the right-sided central midfielder. Doing this meant the team could avoid the tackling, intercepting N'Golo Kante whirlwind and get the ball into attacking areas. Ryan Bertrand played so high up the pitch he doubled as a winger Marcos Alonso's suspension might mean Southampton focus play down the right this time, with Tadic playing on the same side as Cedric Soares to target whoever starts at left wing-back. In addition, Victor Moses poses more of an attacking threat than Zappacosta and is more reliable defensively - he's a better player at the moment - and will be restored to the starting XI to keep that excellent partnership with Azpilicueta on the Chelsea right. Be direct Chelsea are the stronger team and although they love to score on the counter-attack, they will enjoy more of the possession, as they did in the last game. Possession: Southampton vs Chelsea Southampton need to go forward whenever they have the chance and not waste time passing patiently in their own half - the current first team isn't as adept at possession football as previous versions have been. This forward thinking approach was how the Saints scored that opening goal, focusing play down the left, Bertrand exploiting space and the passes being vertical rather than horizontal. Chelsea couldn't get into their defensive shape quickly enough and Dusan Tadic was able to score. Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Dusan Tadic, 21 min) Throughout the game, Shane Long played off the shoulder of the last man, always looking to break in behind as Chelsea gained territory and did their own probing of the Southampton defence. As soon as the ball was won back, it was aimed towards Long's run. Here Kante tries to go through the middle of a condensed Southampton midfield. He passes forwards, it's cut out and poked into the feet of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He turns, looks up and spots the run. Long gets in behind the panicking Chelsea defenders. It's hardly the most advanced of tactical plans but defenders don't like pace, nor do they appreciate direct balls being pinged into space behind their starting position. Southampton can utilise Long's speed again. Attempt Saved: Southampton 1 - 0 Chelsea (Shane Long, 54 min) Be better Chelsea are the better team and regardless of form, should win this. Southampton must turn up focused and determined. If they are to beat Conte's side it will take patience, cunning and organised defending to ensure the array of creative forwards cannot conjure chances to score out of thin air, and that Chelsea's occasionally prolific strikers don't get space to convert them. Chelsea rarely concede from set-pieces either. Although James Ward-Prowse whipped a superb cross into the area for Southampton's second goal, their record for the season suggests there isn't much gold to be had from digging down that tunnel. Chelsea have conceded only six times from a set piece (excluding penalties) - the joint third lowest in the Premier League. Goals conceded from set pieces (excl. penalties) Instead the plan must be to defend deep in numbers and look to exploit pace further up the pitch, hoping to catch a team short of confidence in transition. Games like these are so often settled by a moment of individual brilliance and there are far more potential match-winners in Chelsea blue. Far crazier things have happened in the FA Cup than Southampton beating Chelsea though and besides, they had a two goal lead last time. If it all comes together on the day for Mark Hughes and his players, things can happen. After all, it's the FA Cup - there has to be a little sprinkle of magic along the way.
Jaguares' Ramiro Moyano (L) is tackled by Brumbies' Scott Sio (R) during the Super Rugby match (AFP Photo/Mark GRAHAM)
Jaguares' Ramiro Moyano (L) is tackled by Brumbies' Scott Sio (R) during the Super Rugby match
Jaguares' Ramiro Moyano (L) is tackled by Brumbies' Scott Sio (R) during the Super Rugby match (AFP Photo/Mark GRAHAM)
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Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
Benitez talks up Chancel Mbemba’s chance at Newcastle United
Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
Benitez talks up Chancel Mbemba’s chance at Newcastle United
Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
Benitez talks up Chancel Mbemba’s chance at Newcastle United
Newcastle goalie Matz Sels, currently on loan at Anderlecht had challenged the Spaniard’s decision to constantly leave the DR Congo international out
In the meetings with Nakumatt last season, either team picked a win across the two legs
Ulinzi Stars duo doubtful for a tricky Nakumatt match
In the meetings with Nakumatt last season, either team picked a win across the two legs
What is it? Ordinarily, it would just be any other Premier League match, albeit a London derby. But this game has taken on new significance as it is the first match since Friday's shock announcement that Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. Before Wenger's plan to leave, it was expected that The Emirates would be half empty - a sign of protest against Wenger by disenchanted supporters. That won't be the case any more... expect the stadium to be heaving! When is it? Today! Sunday, April 22. What time is kick-off? 1.30pm. What TV channel is it on? All the live action is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 12.30pm. Or you can watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC 2 at 10.30pm. Or you can follow all the action with our live blog. End of an era | Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season What is the team news? Arsenal The Gunners have doubts over the fitness of Jack Wilshere. The midfielder missed last weekend's defeat at Newcastle with an ankle injury that could again leave him on the sidelines against David Moyes' men, but Aaron Ramsey is available after suffering a deep gash to his calf against CSKA Moscow on April 12. Manager Arsene Wenger has promised to name a strong side despite the upcoming Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remain out. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. Pick your Arsenal team to face West Ham West Ham Joe Hart could pay for his latest mistake when the Hammers travel to Arsenal. The goalkeeper's blunder gifted Stoke a goal in Monday's 1-1 draw and boss David Moyes admits he has a decision to make, with Adrian waiting in the wings. James Collins is not ready to return from his hamstring injury, while Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang are long-term absentees. Provisional squad: Hart, Adrian, Ogbonna, Rice, Cresswell, Evra, Masuaku , Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyate, Fernandes, Lanzini, Mario, Arnautovic, Hernandez, Carroll, Hugill. Pick your West Ham team to face Arsenal What does the table look like? What are they saying? Former striker Ian Wright has claimed in The Sun that Arsene Wenger was sacked and does not believe it is in his character to walk away: "Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity - that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned. "For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract. "It is a sad situation that it's come to this and I don't suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other. "One day he is doing a press conference with no hint of this, the next he's gone. It doesn't add up. "But Arsene can go with his head high. That's why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much." ----- David Moyes believes whoever steps in to replace Arsene Wenger will have a tough job on his hands: "It's never easy when you follow great managers at great clubs. It'll be tough for whoever takes the (Arsenal) job. "He's been a great competitor, a terrific manager. One of the best managers that the Premier League has seen. "Real football people appreciate what he's done. He's dedicated to his job, he's been dedicated to his sport and he's a real proper football man." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Arsenal to win 1/2 Draw 7/2 West Ham to win 5/1 What's our prediction? With both clubs drifting towards a mediocre end-of-season finish, this match is now all about the beginning of the end of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal can be pipped to sixth by Burnley, but Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid will dictate selection, while David Moyes can go for broke. Predicted score: Arsenal 2 West Ham 1. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
Arsenal vs West Ham, preview: How will fans react to Arsene Wenger? Plus team news, TV channel and prediction
What is it? Ordinarily, it would just be any other Premier League match, albeit a London derby. But this game has taken on new significance as it is the first match since Friday's shock announcement that Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. Before Wenger's plan to leave, it was expected that The Emirates would be half empty - a sign of protest against Wenger by disenchanted supporters. That won't be the case any more... expect the stadium to be heaving! When is it? Today! Sunday, April 22. What time is kick-off? 1.30pm. What TV channel is it on? All the live action is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 12.30pm. Or you can watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC 2 at 10.30pm. Or you can follow all the action with our live blog. End of an era | Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season What is the team news? Arsenal The Gunners have doubts over the fitness of Jack Wilshere. The midfielder missed last weekend's defeat at Newcastle with an ankle injury that could again leave him on the sidelines against David Moyes' men, but Aaron Ramsey is available after suffering a deep gash to his calf against CSKA Moscow on April 12. Manager Arsene Wenger has promised to name a strong side despite the upcoming Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remain out. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. Pick your Arsenal team to face West Ham West Ham Joe Hart could pay for his latest mistake when the Hammers travel to Arsenal. The goalkeeper's blunder gifted Stoke a goal in Monday's 1-1 draw and boss David Moyes admits he has a decision to make, with Adrian waiting in the wings. James Collins is not ready to return from his hamstring injury, while Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang are long-term absentees. Provisional squad: Hart, Adrian, Ogbonna, Rice, Cresswell, Evra, Masuaku , Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyate, Fernandes, Lanzini, Mario, Arnautovic, Hernandez, Carroll, Hugill. Pick your West Ham team to face Arsenal What does the table look like? What are they saying? Former striker Ian Wright has claimed in The Sun that Arsene Wenger was sacked and does not believe it is in his character to walk away: "Arsene Wenger is a man of principle, honesty and integrity - that is why I am convinced he has been sacked and not resigned. "For all the vitriol and abuse thrown at him, Arsene has never been a man to walk out before the end of a contract. "It is a sad situation that it's come to this and I don't suppose we will ever find out who is responsible, because they will hide behind each other. "One day he is doing a press conference with no hint of this, the next he's gone. It doesn't add up. "But Arsene can go with his head high. That's why, whatever the results, it is imperative he gets the send-off a true Arsenal and football legend deserves. We all owe him so much." ----- David Moyes believes whoever steps in to replace Arsene Wenger will have a tough job on his hands: "It's never easy when you follow great managers at great clubs. It'll be tough for whoever takes the (Arsenal) job. "He's been a great competitor, a terrific manager. One of the best managers that the Premier League has seen. "Real football people appreciate what he's done. He's dedicated to his job, he's been dedicated to his sport and he's a real proper football man." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Arsenal to win 1/2 Draw 7/2 West Ham to win 5/1 What's our prediction? With both clubs drifting towards a mediocre end-of-season finish, this match is now all about the beginning of the end of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal can be pipped to sixth by Burnley, but Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid will dictate selection, while David Moyes can go for broke. Predicted score: Arsenal 2 West Ham 1. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
Los clubes de España que tienen la Copa en propiedad
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
Los clubes de España que tienen la Copa en propiedad
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
Los clubes de España que tienen la Copa en propiedad
El Barcelona acumula seis trofeos originales tras vencer al Sevilla: ¿cuántos poseen los demás equipos?
Pep Guardiola intends to be even more strict on his title winning sqaud next season as he bids to retain the Premier League title.
Guardiola promises harder relationship with Man City players
Pep Guardiola intends to be even more strict on his title winning sqaud next season as he bids to retain the Premier League title.

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