One of the world’s most iconic races is almost among us as thousands of competitors put in their final preparations ahead of this year’s London Marathon.
For most it is merely a case of getting around the gruelling 26.2 mile course in one piece, but a handful of elite competitors will be striving to cross the line first.
How much will the winners earn?
The likes of Ethiopian trio Kenenisa Bekele, Tesfaye Abera and Feyisa Lilesa will be looking to claim victory in the men’s race, while Florence Kiplagat, Mary Keitany and Aselefech Mergia are in contention for the women’s contest.
But as well as personal glory, how much money will the victors earn?
Here’s the all the prize money details, plus all you need to know ahead of the big race…
The winners of the men and women’s elites will both pick up $55,000 for crossing the line first.
Second place in each receives $30,000, third gets $22,500, fourth $15,000.
A further $100,000 will be awarded to any runner in the men’s race who runs a sub-2:05:00 time, and to any runner who bests 2:18:00 in the women’s race.
Another $25,000 will be awarded for any competitor that wins the race in a course record time (2:03:05 for the men, 2:17:42 for the women).
Who won last year?
The mens race was won by Eluid Kipchoge, who was only eight seconds away from a world record time following a dominant performance.
Jemima Sumgong took the spoils in the elite women’s race despite falling and banging her head against the tarmac in the closing stages as she pipped Tigist Tufa to the tape.
However, Sumgong will not be defending her title after failing a drugs test after testing positive for EPO in an out of competition test.