Is the London Marathon 2023 on TV? What channel is it on, BBC coverage time, host, is on iPlayer

The London Marathon returns to the capital - and our TV screens

Thousands of runners will descend on the capital this month for the London Marathon.

Hopefuls will be looking to conquer the 26.2 mile challenge in the best possible time. It is the first time that the marathon will be held in April since 2019.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused the previous three editions of the run to take place in October instead of its traditional spring slot. You can see the full route of the marathon here.

If you know someone who is running the marathon, or simply just want to watch the event and take it all in, then you might be wondering how you can tune in. Here is all you need to know:

Is the London Marathon on TV?

The London Marathon began in 1981 and coverage of the event has been carried by the BBC every single year. It is one of the flagship sporting occasions covered by the national broadcaster.

It will be shown across the BBC channels, iPlayer and the Red button on Sunday, 23 April. Meaning you will have plenty of options for watching the marathon.

London Marathon route 2022. (Credit: Mark Hall / National World)London Marathon route 2022. (Credit: Mark Hall / National World)
London Marathon route 2022. (Credit: Mark Hall / National World)

What channel is the London Marathon on?

The BBC will be carrying coverage of the London Marathon once again in 2023. The event will be shown on BBC One between 8.30am and 2.15pm, before coverage switches to BBC Two from 2.15pm to 3pm.

If you are outside of the UK, it will be broadcast on the following platforms and services:

  • Flotrack- Australia, Canada, USA
  • SportTV 2 - Brazil
  • Great Sports Channel - China
  • Olympic Channel - China, Japan, MENA
  • EBU - Europe
  • ZDF - Germany
  • Sport 1 - Israel
  • NTV - Kenya
  • Sky Sport 6 - New Zealand
  • NRK 1 - Norway
  • SuperSport Variety 3 and 4 - Pan Africa
  • Eurosport 2 - Europe and Asia
  • Eurosport Player - Europe and Asia
  • Discovery+ - Asia and Europe
  • ESPN Play - Latin America
  • Star+ - Latin America
  • Teledeporte - Spain
  • SRG-SSR - Switzerland
  • ZBC2 - Tanzania
  • NTV - Uganda
  • Reuters - Worldwide (except UK)
  • SNTV - Worldwide (except UK)
Gabby Logan during the Virgin London Marathon 2019. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty ImagesGabby Logan during the Virgin London Marathon 2019. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images
Gabby Logan during the Virgin London Marathon 2019. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Can you watch London Marathon on BBC iPlayer?

BBC will also be showing the London Marathon on its website and also iPlayer. So you will be able to watch the marathon even if you don’t have access to a TV.

BBC iPlayer will have additional coverage including finish line cameras from 2pm to 6pm.

Who are the presenters and commentators?

Gaby Logan will be heading up BBC’s coverage of the London Marathon in 2023. She will be joined by a rotating group of special guests and celebrities throughout the day.

Commentary will be provided by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Paula Radcliffe.

Will there be a virtual London Marathon in 2023?

In 2021, tens of thousands of people from around the world took place in a virtual London Marathon, in which they had a full 24 hours to complete a 26.2 mile course of their choosing.

The virtual marathon will return in 2023 which gives people the chance to take on the challenge from wherever they live in the world.

How much does entry into the London Marathon 2023 cost?

The cost of a place in the London Marathon for successful UK participants is £49.99 (with a £2 discount for members of UKA-affiliated running clubs).

While ballot entrants don’t have to pay anything when they enter, UK residents can opt to donate their entry fee to The London Marathon Charitable Trust, whether they are successful in their ballot attempt or not.

For international participants, the cost rises to £120, plus a £26 carbon offset levy.