On 28 April this year, we will celebrate our 10th year as sponsor of the Virgin Money London Marathon. The last nine events have seen some incredible moments, and 2019 looks to be another special one as the race welcomes back world record holder and defending champion, Eliud Kipchoge, alongside Britain’s own Sir Mo Farah.
Kipchoge won his third Virgin Money London Marathon title at last year’s race before going on to set a new marathon world record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds (2:01:39) at the BMW Berlin Marathon, while Farah finished third at last year’s London Marathon before winning his first marathon title at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Kipchoge, who was named the 2018 IAAF Athlete of the Year, said:
It is always a great honour to come and race the Virgin Money London Marathon and I’m excited to be returning in 2019. 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.”
Kipchoge’s marathon world record has cemented his position as the greatest marathon runner of all time. He is unbeaten in the Virgin Money London Marathon with three victories from his three appearances in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He holds the course record of 2:03:05, which he set in 2016, and, if he wins one more title, he will become the most successful athlete in the elite men’s race in London Marathon history.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said:
There is no doubt that Eliud Kipchoge is the greatest marathon runner of all time. Since Sir Mo Farah won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, everyone has been talking about another head-to-head between Mo and Eliud and we are absolutely thrilled that this showdown will happen at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. We will see two absolute legends of distance running competing over 26.2 miles of roads in the greatest marathon in the world. I cannot wait until Sunday 28 April to see who comes out on top.”
Check out the London Marathon’s Eliud Kipchoge reveal video;