London Marathon 2019 weather forecast – here’s what the Met Office is predicting for this year’s race

THE London Marathon on Sunday April 28, 2019 is set to have ideal conditions for runners.

Here’s what we know about the forecast for the big run through the nation's capital.

 Marathon runners will have pleasant running conditions on April 28

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Marathon runners will have pleasant running conditions on April 28

What is the weather forecast for the 2019 London Marathon?

Temperatures could rise to a pleasant 15C, according to Accuweather.

It's also predicted that there will be increasing cloudiness as the day progresses.

Will it be the hottest Marathon on record?

If temperatures do reach 18C, that's five degrees cooler than last year's conditions, when it was the hottest London Marathon on record.

The Met Office confirmed after the event that the temperature reached 24.1C in St James's Park.

According to Runners World, the hottest London Marathon was in 1996, with a high of 22.7C, and in 2007, when the temperature reached 22.6C.

The highest recorded temperature on marathon day was 21.7C at midday on the race in 2007.

The first London Marathon took place in 1981.

 The 2018 London Marathon course... all 26 miles, 385 yards of it

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The 2018 London Marathon course… all 26 miles, 385 yards of it

What is the London Marathon course?

Each year the course starts in East London around Blackheath and Greenwich Park with more than 40,000 runners lining up on the start line.

Start times are staggered to avoid complete chaos for both contestants and officials.

The tape goes up on the elite wheelchair race at 9.05am followed by the World Para Athletics Championships Ambulant Athletes at 9.10am.

These are followed by the elite women’s race at 9.25am.

Then, the men’s elite race kicks off at 10.10am, followed by the mass race featuring the majority of club athletes and fun runners.

The course unfolds past some of the capital's most famous landmarks including:

  • The first seven miles sees the runners wend their way through the centre of Greenwich and past the Cutty Sark.
  • For the next 15 miles or so the massed field runs through the south east part of the city past Canary Wharf and over Tower Bridge.
  • Miles 23 to 26 are the busiest part of the route and where packed crowds cheer on weary runners desperate to make it all the way.
  • The finish line is in the Mall after running up Birdcage Walk and past Buckingham Palace.

 

THE London Marathon on Sunday April 28, 2019 is set to have ideal conditions for runners.