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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK
The BBC at the London Marathon
Follow the 2005 London Marathon every step of the way on TV, radio, online and Ceefax.

The capital's famous 26.2-mile road race celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday.

And for the first time in its illustrious history, you can watch all the action unfold as we broadcast the race live on this website.

You can get in touch with the TV team via the link on your right, or by texting us on 81111.


2004 marathon winner Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe will be back to defend her title this year

Sue Barker will host live coverage of the marathon on BBC One from 0845 to 1250 BST. Coverage will then continue on BBC Two until 1400.

The day's events will also be live on the BBC website and our Interactive services.

With 35 cameras, six bikes, two helicopters and an aeroplane covering the course, you will not miss a step.

The commentary team, consisting of Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Ian Thompson, will keep an eye on all the action.

And out on the course they will be joined by Sally Gunnell (Tower Bridge) and Colin Jackson (Blackfriars Bridge), together with Jill Douglas, Phil Jones and Juliette Ferrington.

Richard Nerurkar and Peter Elliott will be following the elite race leaders on motorbikes.

The BBC will also be showing a special programme - London Marathon Heroes (BBC TWO, 1710 Saturday 16 April) - to mark the event's silver jubilee.

London Marathon Heroes highlights the courage and endeavour of some of the people who have run the London Marathon over the previous 24 years.

In addition to BBC One's offering, digital, satellite and cable viewers can follow uninterrupted coverage of both the men's and women's races through the BBC interactive service.

You'll also be able to watch live coverage of the finish line, plus the mini-marathon.

Freeview viewers can choose between live coverage of the men's or women's race or BBC One's coverage.

Between 1150 and 1400 BST the interactive service will be focused on the finishing line, so if you have enough presence of mind after four hours of running to want to see yourself on TV, be sure to run up the right-hand side of The Mall.

Highlights of all the day's action will be on BBC Two from 1830 to 1920 BST.


Sport on Five on BBC Radio Five Live 693 & 909 AM will keep you up-to-date with all the marathon news each night of the week from 1900 BST until race day.

On Sunday, John Inverdale will present coverage of the race between 0830 and 1230 BST.

He will be joined by former winner Charlie Spedding and middle-distance legend Seb Coe.

John Rawling will commentate on the men's race while Mike Costello will cover the women's race and they will be supplemented by an army of reporters out on the course.

Sport On Five (1230-1800 BST) will round-up all the results and post-race reaction.

Listeners in the capital can also catch all the action on BBC London 94.9FM.


In-depth coverage of the world's biggest road race is available at

Prior to the race BBC Sport interactive will have all the latest news and views, facts and figures and advice on training for the big day, complete with a course guide for those wanting to catch the action from the road side.

And on Sunday the site will have live video and audio commentary of the marathon plus video highlights-on-demand afterwards.

We will also be following all the action with up-to-the-minute live race reports, results, reaction and photo galleries.

The BBC London website at, has a dedicated marathon section that includes course maps with photos from the 26.2 miles of the route, including pubs and 360 views.


All the latest news and race-day results and reaction can be found on Ceefax page 381.

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