London Marathon live stream: how to watch the 2024 race online from anywhere

Sifan Hassan winning the London Marathon in 2023
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If there's one number you memorise today, make it 2:17:01. That's how long it took Mary Keitany to run the London Marathon seven years ago, and it still stands as the world record for a women's-only race. Today, however, the hunt is very much on.

You can watch the 2024 London Marathon for free on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK. Away from home? Use a VPN to watch a free stream from abroad. Full details on how to watch a London Marathon live stream just below.

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Date and time: Sunday, April 21, 8.15am BST / 3.15am ET / 12.15am PT / 5.15pm AEST
FREE live stream: BBC iPlayer (UK)
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Tigst Assefa (PB: 2:11:53), Brigid Kosgei (PB: 2:14:04) and Ruth Chepng'etich (2:14:18) have all variously beaten Keitany's time comfortably, albeit in mixed marathons, and the expectation is that one – or potentially all three – of the trio will better it in London this morning. And that's not to mention Peres Jepchirchir, a two-time Marathon Major winner in her own right.

While the 2024 women's field is probably the strongest the London Marathon has ever attracted, the men's race will be heavy with sadness. Kelvin Kiptum, who set the course record with a 2:01:25 last year, lost his life in a road traffic collision in February, and his presence will be sorely felt.

Reigning NYC Marathon winner Tamirat Tola looks like the man to beat, with his primary competition likely to come from Kenenisa Bekele, who's out to break a five-year drought, and Mosinet Geremew, who's chasing his first marathon victory.

Read on as we explain how to watch a 2024 London Marathon live stream from anywhere – starting with how to watch the London Marathon for FREE in the UK.

When does the London Marathon start?

The 2024 London Marathon start time is as follows:

  • 8.15am BST – Elite wheelchair participants
  • 9am BST – Elite women
  • 9.40am BST – Elite men and mass participation

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How to watch a FREE London Marathon live stream in the UK


The BBC will show London Marathon 2024 for free. The race is being shown on BBC One, with coverage getting underway at 8.30am BST on Sunday morning. 

The London Marathon is also available to live stream on BBC iPlayer, which is free to watch with a valid TV licence. The platform service works across a huge array of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Roku, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Away from the UK right now? No worries:

Use NordVPN to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad.

The race is also being shown on Eurosport and its streaming arm Discovery+.

A subscription costs £6.99 per month, and lets you tune in on a wide range of devices, as well as the Eurosport TV channels. 

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How to watch London Marathon 2024 from outside your country

If you're keen to watch London Marathon 2024 but you're away from home and the coverage is geo-blocked, then you could always use a VPN to access it (assuming you're not breaching any broadcaster T&Cs, of course). You may be surprised by how simple it is to do.

Use a VPN to watch London Marathon 2024 live streams from anywhere

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN – as we say, our top choice is NordVPN.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location – open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location.

3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream – so if you're from the UK, just head to BBC iPlayer and watch the London Marathon as if you were back at home!

How to watch London Marathon 2024 for FREE

How to watch FREE London Marathon 2024 live streams

One of the best things about the London Marathon is that it's completely FREE to watch in several places around the world. For example:


Germany ZDF

Netherlands NOS

Spain RTVE

If you're from any of these countries but you're abroad right now, don't worry about missing out on that free coverage. As explained above, all you need to do is subscribe to a VPN to watch a London Marathon 2024 live stream for free and re-connect to your home streaming coverage.

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How to watch 2024 London Marathon: live stream in the US without cable


FloTrack is live streaming the London Marathon in the US. Brace yourself for some brutal timings though, with coverage set to start at 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT on Saturday night/Sunday morning. 

A monthly FloTrack subscription costs $29.99, with an annual subscription costing $210. 

Both packages give you access to the entire FloSports network, which also includes coverage of cycling, motorsport, rugby and American football, all of which can be watched on a range of devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.

Out of the US and want to watch your home coverage? No worries – just use a VPN as described above.

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How to live stream London Marathon in Canada


In Canada, the London Marathon is also being shown on FloTrack, which costs US$29.99 per month or US$210 for a year, the equivalent of US$12.49 per month.

Coverage starts at 3.30pm ET / 12.30am PT in the very small hours of Sunday morning.

FloTrack covers loads of track and field events live and on demand, and offers FloTrack Originals, all of which you can watch online or on your device with the FloSport app, which is compatible with iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

Abroad right now? A good VPN will help you tap into your home coverage no matter where in the world you are right now.

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How to watch London Marathon 2024: live stream in Australia


In Australia, the 2024 London Marathon is being shown on FloTrack, which costs US$29.99 per month or US$210 for a year. 

Live coverage is set to begin at 5.30pm AEST on Sunday afternoon.

Abroad right now? A good VPN will help you tap into your home coverage no matter where in the world you are right now. 

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.