Marathon running may not be one of the most exciting sports to watch, but it does provide plenty of online betting action. While there are plenty of marathons held all around the world, the World Marathon Majors attract the biggest crowds, and the best runners. These Majors include the Tokyo, London, New York, Boston, Berlin and Chicago Marathons. Coming up at the end of April is one of the most popular races of the year in the form of the 2019 London Marathon and you can bet on all the action at Sports Betting or William Hill.
The Race History
The London Marathon is not the oldest race for the City of London, but it is certainly one of the most popular. Founded by former Olympian Chris Brasher, the race was designed to be run next to the Thames River, winding through the city on a cool spring day.
The first race was held in 1981 with much success. It has been held every year in April since then. The course starts at three separate points around the Blackheath area and finishes at The Mall next to St James Park.
The first London Marathon attracted an entry of 20 000 runners of which 6747 were accepted. Of the entrants, a total of 6255 runners crossed the line. By 2010, the number of finishers had increased to a massive 36 500 people. In 1983, the marathon introduced a wheelchair race, which has gone on to become one of the most popular wheelchair marathons in the world.
Dates, Details and Past Winners
The 2019 London Marathon will take place on Sunday the 28th of April. Last year, the event took place during a time when the city was experiencing uncharacteristically hot weather for spring. The temperature hit the mid 20’s making it the hottest London Marathon on record. Despite the heat, the men’s race was won in a time of 02:04:17 by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge. The women’s race was also won by a Kenyan athlete, the talented Vivian Cheruiyot.
In the men’s race, Kenyan athletes have won the London Marathon 13 times out of the last 15 races. Eliud Kipchoge has won three titles alone and will be a major contender in the upcoming race. In the women’s race, Kenya has also dominated since 2010 with Mary Keitany also holding three titles.
If you are thinking of getting in on the betting action, it would be wise to go with the Kenyans. The main betting options include predicting the winner of the Men’s Race, the Women’s Race and the men’s Wheelchair race and the women’s Wheelchair race.
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