30th September 2022
WEIR AND PURDUE AMONG THOSE READY FOR 2022 LONDON MARATHON
Several British athletes are all set for Sunday’s TCS London Marathon as the prestigious fixture in the athletics calendar returns.
Multiple Paralympic champion David Weir (coach: Jenny Archer, club: Weir Archer Academy), and Commonwealth champion JohnBoy Smith (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District), are among a very strong elite men’s wheelchair field.
Eight-time champion Weir, fresh from a third-place finish in Berlin last week, will compete in his 23rd consecutive London Marathon. He’ll face the in-form Marcel Hug (SUI) and Daniel Romanchuk (USA) who were first and second in Germany last Sunday.
Smith will also feature at the head of the field, and lines up having won Team England’s first athletics gold at Birmingham 2022 this summer. He is joined by several British wheelchair racers including Simon Lawson (Ian Thompson, Carlisle Tri) and Daniel Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District).
Commonwealth silver medallist, Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) leads the way for the Brits in the elite women’s wheelchair race. She’ll face a strong field including Swiss duo Manuela Schar and Catherine Debrunner who have excelled in women’s wheelchair racing in recent times.
In the elite women’s race, Charlotte Purdue (Nic Bideau, Aldershot, Farnham & District) is the fastest Briton in the line-up. She recorded her PB of 2:23:26 at the event in 2021. Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District) and Rose Harvey (Phillip Kissi, Clapham Chasers), both sub 2:30 marathon runners, are also in the field.
In the elite men’s races, six weeks after competing in the European Championships marathons in Munich, Mohamad Aadan (Paul Oppe, Thames Valley) and Philip Sesemann (Andrew Henderson, Leeds) will join the elite men’s field. Both ran personal bests of 2:12:20 and 2:12:58 in 2021.
While the elite races get underway on Sunday 2 October, the Mini Marathon taking place on Saturday 1 October with an estimated 7,000 children expected to run through the finish line on The Mall.
There will be live coverage across the BBC on Sunday 2 October. The timings are as follows; 08:50 BST (elite wheelchair men’s and women’s races), 09:00 BST (elite women’s race), 09:40 BST (elite men’s race and mass start)