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  Thursday, 12 April, 2001, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Technological mastery
Helicopters track runners along the entire race route
Helicopters track runners along the entire race route
BBC Sport has covered the London Marathon since its inception in 1980 and as the host broadcaster provides pictures which are screened around the world.

This year, via BBC Worldwide, the London Marathon will be seen in more than 178 countries.

And for the first time, the whole of Europe, Asia, and Africa, will receive live coverage.

Cameras catch the action as runners pass the Cutty Sark
Cameras catch the action as runners pass the Cutty Sark
Broadcasting the world's most prestigious road-running event is a supreme technological feat requiring world class expertise.

More than 30 cameras will be used to capture every angle of the race with several located at the key points along the course.

Key positions include the start of the race in Blackheath, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, on the Isle of Dogs, at Tower Bridge, and on The Mall.

A camera positioned on the Embankment - with the London Eye in the background - will provide a stunning backdrop to the action.

Six more cameras will follow the action on motorbikes, including the two carrying Richard Nerurkar and Peter Elliott.

The pictures and sound from these cameras are beamed to helicopters following the men's and women's races, on to the BBC's communications centre at London Bridge House and then back to BBC TV Centre.

Pictures from the main outside broadcast sites and the helicopters are then relayed via individual feeds to Studio Five at BBC TV Centre, where they are combined with videotape and graphics.


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