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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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The 2011 London Marathon live and exclusive on the BBC

The 2011 London Marathon takes place on Sunday 17 April and BBC Sport brings exclusive live multi-platform coverage of all the action from the day.

Sue Barker presents the live TV coverage along with Jonathan Edwards. Denise Lewis and Sonali Shah join the team of reporters for the first time this year – they bring all the action from around the course along with Katharine Merry, Colin Jackson and Phil Jones. Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Jonathan Edwards also hosts the early evening highlights show on BBC Two (6-7pm).

TV coverage starts on BBC Two at 8.30am then continues on BBC One from 10.15am, finishing at 2pm. On the BBC Red Button and on the BBC Sport website viewers can choose which race they watch with a choice of commentaries. Then from 12noon there is continued coverage of the finish, plus an hour's additional/extra coverage once network TV finishes at 2pm (see notes to editors for detailed BBC Red Button broadcast information).

John Inverdale presents BBC Radio 5 Live's coverage of the London Marathon. John is on air from 9.30am with reporters Helen Skelton, George Riley and Anna Foster around the course capturing the unique atmosphere of the race and hearing the personal stories of those taking part.

Expert commentary and analysis of the elite race comes from former British London Marathon winner Charlie Spedding. In addition, listeners can leave their good luck messages for runners, a selection of which will be played out on air.

Marathon fans who visit BBC online at will have access to live streaming of the race as well as text reports, video interviews and reaction. Viewers can catch up on all the programmes for seven days via the BBC iPlayer.

BBC London has live coverage throughout the day from 8am, and additional travel information in the sports programme from 3pm to assist the many people in the capital as they head home.

On Thursday 14 April at 8pm on BBC Radio 5 Live, The Two-Hour Marathon, presented by Chris Dennis, looks at whether the two-hour barrier can ever be broken. Guests include Dave Bedford, the director of the London Marathon, and Mara Yamauchi, British Marathon runner.

Notes to Editors

Broadcast details are as follows:

BBC Two: 8.30-10.15am
BBC One: 10.15am-2pm

BBC Radio 5 live from 9.30am
BBC London 94.9 from 8am

BBC Red Button
From 8.45am: Women's Elite Race (not available on Freeview)
From 9.30am: Men's Elite Race (not available on Freeview)
From 12noon: Marathon finishers (all platforms)
From 2pm: Extended 60 minutes of network coverage (all platforms)

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