London Marathon 2023: Mo Farah bows out as Kenyan athlete Kelvin Kiptum breaks course record

Kelvin Kiptum (L) won the men’s race in the second fastest marathon in history, and Sifan Hassan (R) won the race on her debut London Marathon. Credit: PA

A Kenyan athlete has broken the course record at today's London Marathon - as an emotional Sir Mo Farah competed in the event for the final time.

Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum won the men’s race in the second fastest marathon in history.

The 23-year-old broke the course record with an incredible time of 2:01.27.

Kiptum tired towards the end and missed out on Eliud Kipchoge’s world record by 18 seconds.

The first British man home was not Farah but Yorkshire’s Emile Cairess, who finished a creditable sixth on his marathon debut.

An emotional Farah came home in his final marathon in ninth in 2:10.28, while Chris Thompson made it four British runners in the top 10 by finishing 10th.

In the women’s elite race Sifan Hassan was the surprise winner in what was her marathon debut.

The Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete’s victory was all the more remarkable because she fell way off the pace, clutching her hip, around the 15-mile mark.

The world record holder Brigid Kosgei pulled out after just three minutes.

A record 45,000 people are taking part in the showpiece 26.2-mile race around the capital.

Some 49,675 runners registered for this year’s race, up from the previous record of 43,199 in 2019, organisers said.

Around 48,000 people are expected to cross the finish line near Buckingham Palace later on Sunday, as each year a portion drop out due to illness, injury and life events.

This year the marathon returned to its usual April timing after three years of the race being held in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite forecasters predicting rain from 7am, the weather was dry for the start of the elite and mass participation races.

Runners set off beneath overcast skies amid temperatures of around 8C (46.4F).

The Met Office has warned there is likely to be rain later in the day.

What travel restrictions and road closures are in place for the London Marathon 2023?


In conjunction with Bacon’s College, there will once again be a scheme that will enable residents of the Rotherhithe Peninsula to exit the area while the event road closures are in place.

Bacon’s College on Timber Pond Lane will provide a free, secure, overnight parking facility on its premises for use by local residents.

The car park will operate from 4pm on Saturday 22 April until 6pm on Sunday23 April.

Residents can leave their cars securely parked and return on foot at any time during the road closure period to collect vehicles and exit the peninsula.

From the College, the route out is via Timber Pond Road, Poolmans Street, Needleman Street, Surrey Quays Road and Lower Road. Residents requiring access should use Hawkstone Road, Lower Road, Surrey Quays Road, Needleman Street, Poolmans Street and Timber Pond Road and may leave their cars at Bacon’s College until the roads reopen.

Route for London Marathon 2023 Credit: TCS London Marathon


Residents of Wapping are affected by the route as it passes along The Highway between miles 13 to 14 and again on the opposite carriageway between miles 21 to 22.

A vehicle crossing point will operate at the junction of The Highway and Glamis Road during the road closure period, allowing entry and exit north and south.

Vehicles will not be able to cross while there are participants on both carriageways of The Highway (between approximately 9.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday, April 23).

Residents travelling on foot are advised to use to use the pedestrian subway at the junction of The Highway and Glamis Road.

Isle of Dogs

Residents on the east and west side of Westferry Road will be able to exit onto Westferry Road and travel south to Manchester Road until 9am on Sunday, April 23.

From 9am no vehicle movements will be possible until after 4pm.

Event motorcyclists, assisted by stewards, will be available to guide vehicles along Westferry Road when it is safe to do so before 9am or after 4.30pm only.

Drivers will be unable to return to Westferry Road until the roads are fully reopened.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel will be open south to north throughout marathon day. However, it will be busy with queues anticipated.

The tunnel will be closed north to south between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Alternative arrangements are in place on the DLR services from Island Gardens.


There will be road closures in Westminister from this wekeend, that will extend into May as part of the coronation of King Charles III.

The roads listed below will close at the times and dates specified and will all reopen on Thursday, May 18.

The Mall and Marlborough Road will be closed from 5am on Thursday, April 20.

Spur Road, Constitution Hill, Horse Guards Road and Bird Cage Walk (eastbound) will be closed from 6am on Friday, April 21.

Birdcage Walk will be open for westbound traffic until 7.30am on Saturday, April 22, when it will close.

Runners will begin the 26.2-mile route from Greenwich Park, looping past London landmarks including Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square before crossing the finish line on The Mall.

Meanwhile, up to 50,000 Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists will be on the streets nearby, for the third day of a protest dubbed “The Big One”.

Members of the climate group have said they are co-ordinating with the race’s organisers and they do not plan to disrupt it, though spectators have been warned to avoid Parliament Square.

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