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2015 London Marathon

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2015 London Marathon

London, England, United Kingdom

26 April 2015 (2015-04-26)

Eliud Kipchoge (2:04:42) (Elite) Joshua George (1:31:31) (Wheelchair)

Tigist Tufa (2:23:21) (Elite) Tatyana McFadden (1:41:13) (Wheelchair)

The 2015 London Marathon took place on 26 April 2015. It was the 35th running of the annual mass-participation marathon race and the third World Marathon Major of the year.


The men's elite race was won by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and the women's race was won by Ethiopian Tigist Tufa. The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships marathon events were also held during the race. The men's wheelchair race was won by Joshua George from the United States and the women's wheelchair race was won by American Tatyana McFadden. McFadden set a course record for the second year running.

According to the organisers, there were more than 38,000 participants in the 2015 race, the highest number in the London Marathon's history.


The 2015 men's elite field was dubbed the "clash of the champions" by race organizers due to an unusually large number of top competitors. Eight men in the field had recorded a sub-2:05 race in their career, the three fastest marathoners ever, and five of the top 10 all-time were among those competing.

British runner Paula Radcliffe, who holds the women's marathon world record, chose to compete in the mass field instead of the elite field. Before the race, she stated that it would be her final competition. Earlier in the year, she was suffering from an Achilles tendon injury which gave her limited training time before the marathon.

Approximately 38,000 people took part in the race overall, many of them raising money for charity. Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 90.

Celebrities taking part in the London Marathon included: Formula One driver Jenson Button and rowing Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell who were raising money for Cancer Research UK and a brain injury charity called Headway respectively, the BBC Radio Two presenter Chris Evans, fashion designer Henry Holland, actor Oliver Proudlock and model Christy Turlington Burns. Five members of the House of Commons members took part: Alun Cairns, Richard Drax, Graham Evans, Dan Jarvis and Edward Timpson as did Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney.

Among those competing in the three-mile children's course was David and Victoria Beckham's son Romeo. According to the family, Romeo's run raised £6,000 for UNAIDS.

Race description

On race day, conditions were overcast with light rain in places. The temperature was mildly cold, decent for running. An estimated 750,000 fans lined the streets of London to watch the race live.

The men's race got off to a fast start, covering the first three miles in 14 minutes, 31 seconds. From there the pace periodically sped up and slowed down as racers considered their strategies. After ten miles, it appeared that the course record of 2:04:29 was within reach. After the race passed Tower Bridge, the lead group contained ten runners. By the 19-mile mark, it was cut to six as defending champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya pushed the pace. With four miles to go, the lead group was down to four competitors, all from Kenya: Eliud Kipchoge, Stanley Biwott, Kipsang, and world record holder Dennis Kimetto.

Kipsang and Kipchoge broke free of the others as they approached the 24-mile mark. The two remained close until Kipchoge pulled away in the final 800 metres. Kipchoge finished in a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 42 seconds for his first London Marathon victory. Previously, he won the Chicago and Rotterdam Marathons in 2014. "It was a tough race," he commented. "My training paid off and it went to plan. The crowd were wonderful and lifted me for my sprint finish." Kipsang finished five seconds back for second place. Kimetto placed third, more than a minute behind the leaders. Biwott finished fourth to complete a top four sweep by Kenya.

In the women's race, the pace was slow. Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia used a late surge to distance herself from the field, finishing in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 22 seconds. It was just the second time an Ethiopian woman won the London Marathon, after Derartu Tulu won the 2001 London Marathon, and ended a four-year winning streak for Kenya. It was Tufa's first major marathon win. "The weather was very difficult for me and I found it a very slow race until the end", she said. "I was unwell at the end but I am very happy that I am OK now. I've always dreamed about winning the London Marathon." Two-time winner and pre-race favourite Mary Keitany of Kenya finished in second place, 18 seconds behind Tufa. Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia placed third. Radcliffe finished in a time a 2:36:55. She called the race very emotional and remarked "It was so loud, my ears were ringing. It was just amazing the whole way round. All the way along, there were so many people giving me encouragement."

A total of 37,675 racers had completed the course by 6:10pm, eclipsing the record of 36,705 set in 2012. Guinness World Records reported that more than 30 records were broken during the race for things such as "fastest marathon dressed as Spiderman." Two competitors wed midway through the race. Prince Harry presented the winners with their medals. Radcliffe received a lifetime achievement award.

IPC World Marathon Championships

Britain's David Weir was attempting to win a record seventh London Marathon title in the men's wheelchair race. After Marcel Hug withdrew from the race midway with a punctured tyre, Weir and American Josh George battled for the lead. Weir appeared to have the advantage in the final straightaway, but George nipped him at the line. George finished in a time of 1:31:31, one second ahead of Weir. Masazumi Soejima of Japan placed third. It was George's first London Marathon title.

American Tatyana McFadden won the women's race for the third consecutive year. Her time of 1:41:13 beat her own course record set in 2014 by nearly four minutes. It was the third time that McFadden had set a course record in London and it was her first global marathon title. The defending World Champion Manuela Schär finished almost three minutes behind in second.

El Amin Chentouf, Abderrahman Ait Khamouch and Elena Pautova set world records in the men's T12, men's T46, and women's T12 categories respectively.

Results table



2015 London Marathon Wikipedia

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