A number of elite athletes have announced their intentions to compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, including David Weir, Eliud Kipchoge, Sir Mo Farah, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mary Keitany.
David Weir is the most successful athlete in the history of the London Marathon, having won a record-breaking eight times. He started his wheelchair racing career in the Mini London Marathon and his first race in the main London Marathon was in 2000 when he finished in fifth place at the age of 19 – and now he’s preparing for his 20th race at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019.
“It has been an incredible journey,” he said. “I feel proud that I have not missed a single race since that very first one.
“Every year I say to myself that even if I only do one race, it has got to be the London Marathon. It is such a special event for me.”
World record holder and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge will compete with Britain’s Sir Mo Farah in the elite men’s race. Kipchoge won his third Virgin Money London Marathon title at last year’s race, with Farah finishing in third place.
“It is always a great honour to come and race the Virgin Money London Marathon and I’m excited to be returning in 2019,” Kipchoge said. “I had a memorable 2018, winning the Virgin Money London Marathon and then setting a new world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon. I’m hoping that 2019 is just as good to me.
“I am looking forward to racing Sir Mo Farah again. He is a great champion and proved in Chicago that he can win a major marathon so I relish the battle with him and also the many other great athletes that I’m sure will once again be on the Start Line in London.”
In the elite women’s race, defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot and the current TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany will be lining up on the Start Line. Alongside them will be Gladys Cherono and Brigid Kosgei, meaning the winners of the last four Abbott World Marathon Majors will be in competition at the Virgin Money London Marathon this year.
“It was a great moment for me winning last year’s Virgin Money London Marathon and I am very much looking forward to returning in April,” Cheruiyot said. “The line-up for this year’s race is, once again, incredibly strong so I know I will need to be at my very best to repeat last year’s victory but it is a challenge that I’m really looking forward to. I will be ready.”