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26.2 miles, 43 cameras and 35,000 stories

Dave Gordon | 15:17 UK time, Wednesday, 9 April 2008

For the second Sunday in succession, the streets of London will play host to a "sporting" spectacle which will be seen by millions of people, not just around the UK but throughout the world.

This week, though, the only crowd "demonstration" we expect our cameras to capture are pictures of passionate and enthusiastic support for the 35,000 runners of the London Marathon. Some of whom are putting their reputations on the line while many more are raising millions of pounds for charity.

This is not simply a sporting event where we focus solely on a handful of elite performers; our aim is to reflect as many of the stories associated with the event as possible.

There will still be an Olympic feel to our output with much of our attention focused on those who can get an Olympic qualifying time and compete for those elusive team places in Beijing.

We will also spare a thought for the centenary of the Marathon distance - 26 miles and 385 yards first run between Windsor and White City in the 1908 Olympics and how the Italian Dorando Pietri become a legend. Overall though, this is an event to capture the imagination as we marvel at the exploits and courage of all those taking part whether their target is qualification, a world record or just simply getting round.

2007 London Marathon

Five-and-a-half hours of live TV coverage get under way at 0830 BST on BBC One. Sue Barker presents the programme with Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Tanni Grey-Thompson in the commentary box. Reporters on the course are Jonathan Edwards, Rob Walker, Phil Jones, Jake Humphrey and Lizzie Greenwod-Hughes.

Peter Elliott and Richard Nerurkar will, as usual, follow the elite races from their close-up vantage point on a motorbike. The sound from their microphones is beamed up to a circling plane and two helicopters and then passed on to receiving points in Television Centre.

Our four motorbike cameras and two cameras in the helicopters follow a similar path. Overall, we will have 43 cameras out and about along the route.

While the main BBC One programme will focus on the best of everything, our interactive service will, once again, concentrate on covering the men's and women's races initially - Ed Harry and Veronique Marot with the women, Mike Gillingham and Mike Gratton with the men - followed by continuous coverage of the finish and a replay of the mini-marathon finishes.

John Inverdale will host Radio 5 Live's race day coverage, ably assisted by Mike Costello, Allison Curbishley and the 1984 Olympic bronze medallist Charlie Spedding. There's also the comprehensive service of news, views, guides, tips, and our 26-week training diary on bbc.co.uk/athletics.

It promises to be an inspirational day on the streets of London and BBC Two will return to the London marathon at 1840 BST for highlights of the day and more stories of individuals determined to reach their goals and help others in the process.

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  • 1.
  • At 08:34 AM on 16 Apr 2008,
  • ELSIE HERRON wrote:

I WATCHED THE MARATHON AND WAS MOVED TO TEARS BY THE EFFORTS THESE PEOPLE PUT IN,IMARVEL EVERY YEAR AT THE ENTHUSIASM THEY SHOW, AND I WOULDNT BE ABLE TO BE THERE AND SEEIT AS iT WOULD BE TOO EMBARRASSING FOR ME AS
IWOULD BE SHEDDING TEARS,
IAM 80 YEARS OLD AND AND HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING,BUT I DO ADMIRE THEM ALL,THEY ARE ALL MARVELOUS, THE RUNNERS AND THOSE WHO GO TO CHEER THEM ON TOO, WHICH THEY ALL SAY,HELPS THEM IN THEIR ENDEAVOURS
AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS TO BRING IT TO US.

  • 2.
  • At 12:55 PM on 16 Apr 2008,
  • glen dobson wrote:

A great day and great coverage, but why not have the highlights show on iplayer?

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