Sir Andy Murray, tennis superstar, two-time Olympic gold medalist, three time Grand Slam winner and one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes will start the world’s greatest marathon on Sunday 28 April.
The 31-year-old, who grew up in Dunblane, Scotland, has a personal connection with the event as he was there to support his wife Kim when she ran in 2014.
Andy became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title in 2013 and repeated the triumph again in 2016. He won successive Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016, two Wimbledon titles, an US Open title and in 2014 famously led Great Britain to a first Davis Cup title since 1936. He was the world’s number one ranked male tennis player from 2014 to 2017 being knighted in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.
It’s an honour to be asked to start the London Marathon. It’s such an amazing race that means so much to so many people. It raises millions each year for charity and helps inspire people to get active. I have nothing but admiration for everyone who runs – I may even run it myself one day.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, said:
Sir Andy Murray is one of Britain’s greatest sporting superstars and it is so fitting that he will be the official starter for one of the country’s greatest sporting events and the world’s greatest marathon.
Andy is renowned as one of the toughest and most competitive sportsmen on the planet and someone who does not recognise barriers in sport. We are delighted that he will be with us on Sunday 28 April to start the field of 42,000 runners undertaking the legendary 26.2 mile challenge – including both the very best marathon runners in the world and thousands of first-timers who have been inspired to get active and raise money for charity.”