The London Marathon returns to the capital this weekend, with thousands of runners taking to the streets to complete the 26.2 mile circuit. Despite usually being run in the spring, this year’s marathon will follow the trend of the 2020 and 2021 events by being ran in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 50,000 runners will take part in Sunday’s race, including some of the world’s leading athletes. One man who sadly will not be taking part in Team GB legend and London 2012 hero Mo Farah.
Speaking on Wednesday, Farah revealed he was unable to compete this weekend due to a feeling of tightness in his hip. In a statement he said: “I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance.
“However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”
He went on: “It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw after a good last few months and after my win at the Big Half but also because I love racing in front of my home crowd in London who always give all of us athletes such amazing support.
“I wish everyone taking part on Sunday a good run and I hope to be back out there with you in April 2023.” Despite the four-time Olympic champion’s absence from the race, there is still plenty to look forward to. Here are all the key details you need to know to be able to tune in and watch the marathon.