2020 London Marathon live stream: How to watch the iconic Virgin Money race online

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Vigin Money London Marathon

Postponed from its usual April slot on the sporting calendar, the rejigged 2020 edition of the London Marathon finally takes place this weekend - read on to find out how to watch this iconic race online, no matter where in the world you are.

This year's rescheduled event will only feature elite runners who have prepared for the event within a biosecure bubble in an 'athletes only' hotel outside of London. The route is also set to be somewhat unfamiliar, eschewing its famous trip around the UK capital's landmarks for a more Covid-19-safe revised 19.6 lap closed-loop circuit around St James's Park.

The race marks the first major event of the year for the majority of runners taking part on Sunday, with the big talking point a rare and much-anticipated match up between world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and 2019 Berlin Marathon winner Kenenisa Bekele.

With weather conditions currently favouring fast finishing times, both runners will also have one eye on setting a new marathon world record.

There appears to be a similar objective for Kenyan superstar Brigid Kosge in the womens race, who will be looking to better her own world record, while Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär both return to defend their wheelchair race titles.

Who will win this year? Read on to find out how to watch the 2020 London Marathon no matter where you are in the world.

2020 London Marathon - where and when

This year's London Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 4.

The day's events begin with the Elite Women's Race at 7.15am BST (2.15am ET), with the Men's race beginning at 10.15am BST (5.15am ET), and the wheelchair races starting at 1.10pm BST (8.10am ET).

Watch the London Marathon 2020 online from outside your country

We have details of all the US, UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of this iconic race further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching the 2020 London Marathon, but find yourself away from home then you'll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it's likely to be geo-blocked.

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How to watch the 2020 London Marathon online in the US

NBC is the home of elite-level athletics in America, and the 2020 London Marathon will be aired in the US on the Olympic Channel, which streams via NBC Sports Gold.

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a a Track and Field Pass for $74.99 a year, delivering live, on-demand and commercial-free coverage of the event plus loads more athletics action.

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How to stream the 2020 London Marathon live in the UK for FREE

The BBC has the live broadcast rights for the 2020 London Marathon and will be showing the event free to air.

The network will be splitting coverage across BBC One, BBC Two, its Red Button service, BBC iPlayer, and the BBC Sport website.

Coverage begins on BBC Two at 7am BST, before moving over to BBC One at 10am. The coverage then heads back to BBC Two from 1pm BST until 3.20pm BST.

Live stream the 2020 London Marathon in Australia

Aussie TV won't be showing this year's race but you can still watch all the action at Sunday's event on specialist athletics streaming service FloTrack. You will need to sign up for the service's membership to watch the event with pricing at $150 for the year or a flexible $30 rolling monthly membership.

How to stream the 2020 London Marathon live in Canada

It's the same story for Canadian long distance running fans, who can also watch all the action from the UK capital via streaming service FloTrack. A monthly subscription will cost you $30 while a yearly account will set you back $150 ($12.50 per month), which will give you access to coverage of major cycling events throughout the year.

Kevin Lynch