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Shura Kitata faces a tough battle as he defends his London Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will be the star to watch at the 41st edition of the London Marathon that will be held on 3rd October in London.

Kitata who pulled out of the Olympic Games marathon last weekend after suffering in the hot and humid conditions in Sapporo – will line up with the other men who joined by Vincent Kipchumba from Kenya and Sisay Lemma from Ethiopia, who also struggled in the heat of the Olympic Games marathon.

Shura beat Eliud Kipchoge in the 2020 London Marathon to secure his first London Marathon title, just a second ahead of Vincent Kipchumba.

The two will be joined by the 2020 Valencia Marathon champion, Evans Chebet who was the fastest man in the world last year with his personal best of 2:03.00.Another title contender is the two-time Tokyo Marathon champion Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia, who is the third-fastest marathoner of all time with a time of 2:02.48 that he got at the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

Kitata will also face-off with Mosinet Geremew and  Mule Wasihun both coming to the race with a personal best of 2:02.55 and 2:03.16) respectively. This two also finished on the podium at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, also return.

Kitata was quoted by race organisers saying,“I was disappointed to have to pull out of the Olympic Games marathon but I just did not adapt to the weather well. It was very cold in Ethiopia prior to leaving for Tokyo and when we got there the weather took its toll on my body and made my breathing very hard. But I’m healthy and looking forward to racing in the Virgin Money London Marathon again. I am preparing very well and my coach has me very ready to defend my title in London.

 “Winning last year was an unforgettable memory and it gave me huge excitement to bring back such a big victory to my country and to make my family and coaches proud. I have set my mind on how I can run fast and better than last year and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can repeat the victory and make history in the race.”

Virgin Money London Narathon event director, Hugh Brasher, said: “We are delighted to welcome our reigning champions back to defend their titles at the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon and, as always, they will be challenged by a stellar field of the world’s best marathon runners. Sunday 3 October is set to be an extraordinary day in our history as these great athletes lead the way as tens of thousands of mass runners take on their 26.2 mile challenge from Greenwich to Westminster and around the world in the virtual event.”

The organisers have allowed a limit of up to 50,000 runners in the mass race and up to 50,000 around the world to take on the virtual event, completing the 26.2 miles on the route of their choice any time between 00:00 and 23:59:59 BST.

LEADING RESULTS

ELITE MEN

Name Country PB
Birhanu LEGESE ETH 2:02:48
Mosinet GEREMEW ETH 2:02:55
Titus EKIRU KEN 2:02.57
Evans CHEBET KEN 2:03.00
Mule WASIHUN ETH 2:03.16
Sisay LEMMA ETH 2:03.36
Kinde ATANAW ETH 2:03.51
Shura KITATA ETH 2:04.49
Vincent KIPCHUMBA KEN 2:05.09
Tristan WOODFINE CAN 2:10.51

London Marathon sets another world record

The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record-breaking £63.7 million for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for an incredible twelfth successive year.

The new record was an increase of more than £2 million on the previous record total of £61.5 million raised from the 2017 event. It brings the overall sum raised for charity since the event was founded in 1981 to more than £955 million.

The total raised for charity by the London Marathon since Virgin became title sponsor in 2010 is now more than £500 million. Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the London Marathon and donations to charity linked to the race through the online service have reached more than £170 million.

Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving, said: “Once again the generosity of the public around the Virgin Money London Marathon is truly astounding and we are delighted to be able to play our part in raising money for so many worthwhile causes. A staggering half a billion pounds has been raised for charity since Virgin Money became lead sponsor of the London Marathon and we are delighted to be involved with an event that is not only the highlight of the running calendar but also the largest single day annual fundraising event in the world. The 2018 race saw us beat our own fundraising record and we’ve made a number of improvements to the Virgin Money Giving fundraising platform to help charities raise even more money next year.”

Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: “Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon inspires thousands to take on the challenge of running the famous 26.2 miles and raise these incredible sums for charity. We salute every runner who has contributed to this amazing world record total of £63.7 million, a truly incredible sum from a one day event.

“Since 1981, the London Marathon has been an extraordinary force for good that has inspired profound social change. We are constantly working to grow the event and its positive impacts as society, health services and charities face ever-increasing pressure on their services and funding. The London Marathon Charitable Trust has enabled hundreds of thousands more people to get active through its funding of a huge range of recreational projects.”

Several charities, including Children with Cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, Whizz-Kidz, NSPCC and Cancer Research UK, raised more than £1 million from the 2018 race.

Emily Roff, Senior Sports Events Manager for Children with Cancer, the top fundraising charity in 2018, said: “The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon was a record breaking year for Children with Cancer UK. We raised more than £3 million, making this our single biggest fundraising event which generates around 20 per cent of our annual income.

“We are delighted to have raised such an incredible amount to fund vital specialist research to help save the life of every child with cancer and keep their family together. We’d like to say a huge thank you to London Marathon Events as well as all of our dedicated runners. We’re looking forward to making 2019 another record breaking year.”

Her Majesty The Queen started the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon from Windsor Castle and, in the hottest ever London Marathon, there were a record 40,273 finishers. Eliud Kipchoge, who broke the world record in Berlin last weekend, took his third London title and fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s race. Sir Mo Farah showed the world his marathon ability as he finished third in a British record. David Weir won a record eighth wheelchair title and Madison de Rozario scored her first Abbott World Marathon Majors win as she took the honours in the women’s wheelchair race.

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April. It has already set a world record after 414,168 people applied for a place via the public ballot – again the biggest number of applications for any marathon in the world.

Source: virginmoneylondonmarathon.com