The London Marathon 2021 takes place this weekend, with up to 40,000 runners expected to participate. The world-famous event always features famous faces from the world of sport, entertainment and music, but which celebrities are running in the London Marathon 2021?
The London Marathon returns on Sunday
The most famous marathon race in the world returns on Sunday (3 October) after a two-year hiatus.
Amateur runners have been unable to run at the event since 2019 because of covid restrictions.
However, the London Marathon is well and truly back, returning to its traditional route from Blackheath to The Mall.
More than 40,000 runners are expected at the event, which will include many celebrities running for a variety of charities and causes.
Mark Wright and Carrie Hope Fletcher among those making London Marathon debut
Ex-Towie star turned presenter Mark Wright is running in his first London Marathon this weekend.
Wright is running for Flora’s Get Town’s Active campaign, and has been given advice and tips by athletics legend Paula Radcliffe.
“I’m hugely privileged to have the support of marathon legend Paula Radcliffe – it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Wright.
Carrie Hope Fletcher – star of new Andrew Lloyd Webber production Cinderella The Musical – will also be running the London Marathon for the first time.
The musical theatre actress is running for Alzheimer’s Research UK and Papyrus – a charity that focuses on the prevention of youth suicide.
She said: “When I run the London Marathon, I can’t promise to be the fastest or the strongest, but I can promise to be the most enthusiastic, the most determined and to smile the entire way round – even if I feel like my feet are falling off by mile three.”
Which celebrities are running in the London Marathon 2021?
Here are a few more celebrities who are running in the London Marathon 2021.
- Chris Newton – Three-time Olympic silver and bronze medallist (cycling)
- Mark Wright – TV personality
- Dani Rowe – Olympic gold medallist (cycling)
- Hannah Macleod – Olympic gold and bronze medallist (hockey)
- James Cracknell – Double Olympic gold medallist (rowing)
- Joanna Rowsell – Double Olympic gold medallist (cycling)
- Stephen Batchelor – Olympic gold medallist (hockey)
- Toby-Alexander Smith – Gray Atkins in EastEnders
- Jamie Peacock – Former England rugby league player
- Zola Budd – former South African 5,000m world record holder (athletics)
- Lucy Charles – Ironman athlete
- Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson – Scummy Mummies comedy duo
- Keith Senior – Former England rugby league player
- Danny Mills – Ex England and Manchester City footballer
- Liz McColgan – Olympian and London Marathon winner 1996
- Andrew Strauss – Former England cricket captain
- Chris Evans – Virgin Radio DJ
- Peter Duncan – Former Blue Peter presenter
- Tanya Franks – Rainie Cross in EastEnders
- Kevin Sinfield – Ex England rugby league player
- Dev Griffin – Capital FM radio DJ and TV presenter
- Elana Meyer – South African Olympic silver medal athlete
- Stevie Basaula – Isaac Baptiste in EastEnders
- Gaz Oakley – The Avant Garde Vegan chef
- Stephen Warnock – Former England footballer
- Dick and Dom – Presenting duo Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood
- Saffron Barker – YouTube star and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant
You can watch the London Marathon live on the BBC. Coverage begins at 8am on BBC Two.