Thousands of runners will take to the streets of the capital today London Marathon, which is back in its usual Spring location after the last edition in Autumn.
The mass race, which starts from 10am, will once again be put together with a mix of fitness fans and charity fundraisers trying to navigate the 26.2 mile route of central London tarmac.
And with the official TCS London Marathon App, those following the action from the sidelines can keep an eye on loved ones.
Here’s everything you need to know.
How to use London Marathon 2023 live tracker app
The app can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Users with the London Marathon 2022 app must delete it from their device and install the 2023 edition.
To track a participant using the app:
- Choose the main menu button
- Click on “Tracking”.
- Search for a competitor by either their name or race number
- Click “Add” to add them to your tracking list
Users can track an unlimited number of runners, including elite athletes and celebrities, based on the timing chip found in their bibs.
The app provides a notification each time the runner completes a 5k split, along with an estimated finish time based on their pace.
If the competitor carries a phone, they can also share their actual live location via GPS, which must be activated prior to the start of the race.
However, you can’t actually track someone with the GPS because the runner needs to confirm your email address in the app before starting.
The map should update every few minutes when the signal is strong, but expect stuttering if the GPS signal is lost.
What other features does the app have?
Those attending the virtual event can also be followed by their loved ones using the app by following the same steps as above.
The app also includes the Belief Booster feature, which allows family and friends to send messages of encouragement to runners.
If chosen by the organizers, the message will be displayed on LED screens at the halfway point and at the finish line in The Mall.
And new for 2023, participants can also use the app to scan their race number to reveal an inspirational message.
How to watch the London Marathon on TV
BBC One will broadcast the London Marathon live from 8.30am, with the action switching to BBC Two at 2.15pm.
Viewers can also stream the race live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
BBC Two will show highlights of the day’s action at 6pm.
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