Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya receive their trophies from prince Harry after winning the 2018 London Marathon races (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)The London Marathon gets underway this weekend and thousands of runners will see their hard work pay off when they reach the finish line.
Last year saw a record 40,273 people finish the marathon and there’s a chance that the record could be broken again this Sunday.
For those taking part in the Elite Races, there are even bigger rewards up for grabs.
The top performers in the competitive races at the London Marathon will be able to claim cash prizes for their efforts, and any world record breakers could win even more.
Here is everything you need to know about the prize money available for the Elite Race winners at this year’s London Marathon.
(Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)What is the London Marathon 2019 prize money?
The same amount of prize money is given to the winners of both the Elite Women’s Race and Elite Men’s Race, as well as for second, third and fourth place.
The winner of each of the two races is set to receive £39,000 this year, while second place will be given £22,000.
Whoever finishes in third will receive £16,000 and fourth will get the remainder of the prize money, which will be £10,500.
The competitors who finishes first in the wheelchair races will receive a prize of £17,600 each, while £100,260 will be divided out between other competitors who finish in second and third.
There are other opportunities to earn more money from the race, as £70,000 will be divided between any of the runners who manage to finish the race in less than 2:05:00 in the men’s race, and 2:18:00 in the women’s race.
Runners can also be awarded a cash prize of £17,600 if they manage to finish in a record time, which is currently 2:03:05 for the men and 2:17:42 for the women.
When does the 2019 London Marathon start?
The marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April and will begin with the Elite Wheelchair Races at 9:05.
This will be followed by the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships at 9:10, and then the Elite Women’s Race at 9:25.
At 10:10 the Elite Men’s Race will then get underway along with the Marathon Championships and the Mass Race which will include celebrities and members of the public.
Mo Farah finished third during last year’s Elite Men’s race (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)Who won last year’s London Marathon?
The winner of the 2018 Men’s Elite Race was Eliud Kipchoge, who has won the race three times in the last four years.
Last year the Kenyan finish with a time of 2:04:17, with Tola Shura Kitata (Ethiopia) finishing in second place at 2:04:49
The Women’s Elite Race was won by another Kenyan – Vivian Cheruiyot with a time of 02:18:31, followed by Brigid Kosgei at 2:20.13.
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