With under a month to go to the 2018 London Marathon, most runners will be starting to think about tapering and preparing their legs for the big day. Yet today all thoughts have turned to the start line, as it has been announced Her Majesty The Queen is the official starter of this year’s London Marathon.
On Sunday 22nd April at 10.00am, The Queen will step onto a podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to press the traditional red button, starting the race. BBC Sport will broadcast this live coverage to the big screens at Blackheath, setting off 40,000 runners on the famous 26.2 miles.
Last year saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry starting the marathon in Greenwich. The royal trio, who came out to support the races’ official charity Heads Together, joined hands to press the button.
In a statement on the organisers website, Sir John Spurling, Chairman of the London Marathon Events Ltd said: “We are deeply honoured that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted the invitation to start the 2018 London Marathon. Especially as this will happen 110 years after the 1908 Olympic Marathon was started at Windsor Castle by the then Princess Mary, grandmother to The Queen.”
Eyes will also be on Sir Mo Farah, hoping to become the first British male runner to win the race in 33 years and Kathrine Switzer, who will be running the London Marathon for the first time, wearing her iconic bib number 261.