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London Marathon Champions To Defend Titles

With the UK having had such a successful vaccine roll-out so far, life is gradually returning to normal and many people visiting London will be able to take advantage of the range of great events taking place as a result.

This is certainly true for sport, with the Premier League getting underway this month and featuring six London teams. Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace will be joined in England’s top division by newly-promoted Brentford, who recently moved to a new state-of-the-art stadium in Kew.

However, while some may want a London chauffeur to take them to see a game in style at one of the capital’s football venues, another great sporting reason to visit is the London Marathon.

The 2021 edition will be held on October 3rd, allowing crowds to come and enjoy the event and the atmosphere surrounding it as some of the world’s finest long-distance runners take to the streets.

Ethiopian Shura Kitate will be back to try to defend his title, which he won by beating Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge last year. Kipchoge will be determined to win back the title in the wake of his recent Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

In the women’s race, fellow Kenyan Brigid Koskei will be looking for her third successive marathon win. The world record holder recently missed out on the Olympic title when she was pipped for gold by compatriot Peres Jepchirchir.

Jepchirchir will not be in London but another Kenyan, reigning New York Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei, will be there.

The route will return to its traditional start at Blackheath in the south-east of the capital, before passing through Greenwich, famous for its maritime heritage.

It will then cross the Thames via the iconic Tower Bridge before passing many famous central London landmarks n the way to the finish on the Mall by Buckingham Palace.

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