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London Marathon: Participants warned rain and gloomy conditions forecast in London on Sunday

London marathon runners face a soaking tomorrow and temperatures beginning around 12C as outbreaks of rain are set to sweep across the South

  • Participants in Sunday’s London Marathon warned to prepare for rain showers and gloomy weather
  • Temperatures are anticipated to peak at about 17C at 2pm but will likely be 12C when runners set off 
  • 26.2-mile race will start at Greenwich Park with runners heading to the the Mall near Buckingham Palace 

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Participants in the London Marathon on Sunday have been warned to prepare for a gloomy morning and potential rain showers. 

Temperatures are anticipated to peak at about 17C at 2pm but will likely be 12C when runners set off from the start line on the 26.2-mile race. 

The Met Office said the capital will not see ‘desperately unpleasant conditions’ but warned of cloud and rain potentially coming from the south-west. 

‘The current thinking is that through the morning there’ll be rain encroaching from the south-west, over to the London area. It will be cloudy, with rain never too far away,’ a MET spokesperson said.

‘The weather will be highly dependent on how much cloud breaks in the afternoon. If it breaks, we may see temperatures scrape 18C or 19C.’ 

The sun was shining on the River Thames on Saturday as rowers took part in a regatta. Forecasters have warned runners in the London Marathon will not enjoy similar conditions

The sun was shining on the River Thames on Saturday as rowers took part in a regatta. Forecasters have warned runners in the London Marathon will not enjoy similar conditions

Temperatures are anticipated to peak at about 17C at 2pm but will likely be 12C when runners set off from the start line on the 26.2-mile race. Pictured: Runners at the finish area during the 2021 marathon

Temperatures are anticipated to peak at about 17C at 2pm but will likely be 12C when runners set off from the start line on the 26.2-mile race. Pictured: Runners at the finish area during the 2021 marathon

Temperatures are anticipated to peak at about 17C at 2pm but will likely be 12C when runners set off from the start line on the 26.2-mile race. Pictured: Runners at the finish area during the 2021 marathon

The Met Office said the capital will not see 'desperately unpleasant conditions' but warned of cloud and rain potentially coming from the south-west

The Met Office said the capital will not see 'desperately unpleasant conditions' but warned of cloud and rain potentially coming from the south-west

The Met Office said the capital will not see ‘desperately unpleasant conditions’ but warned of cloud and rain potentially coming from the south-west

Spectators have been warned to pack an umbrella as the weather may be unpredictable with showers coming and going through the course of the race.

‘The weather may not be the best when standing around,’ the spokesperson said.

Wind speeds are forecast to reach five miles per hour from the west, which shouldn’t be gusty enough to impact a participant’s pace.  

The 26.2-mile race will start at Greenwich Park with runners heading to the finish line on the Mall near Buckingham Palace.

Some 50,000 entrants have registered to start the course – a new record for what is already the largest marathon ever staged.

While the sun shined on Saturday throughout the UK, runners and spectators at the London Marathon have been warned to prepare for a gloomy day and showers

While the sun shined on Saturday throughout the UK, runners and spectators at the London Marathon have been warned to prepare for a gloomy day and showers

While the sun shined on Saturday throughout the UK, runners and spectators at the London Marathon have been warned to prepare for a gloomy day and showers

A dinghy makes its way along The Thames past the weeping willow trees as the sun bears down on Saturday.  More rain is due to set in on Monday, with wet and windy conditions forecast through the northeast before 'erratic' conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday

A dinghy makes its way along The Thames past the weeping willow trees as the sun bears down on Saturday.  More rain is due to set in on Monday, with wet and windy conditions forecast through the northeast before 'erratic' conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday

A dinghy makes its way along The Thames past the weeping willow trees as the sun bears down on Saturday.  More rain is due to set in on Monday, with wet and windy conditions forecast through the northeast before ‘erratic’ conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday

Participants have been preparing for the London Marathon for months and will finally set off on Sunday

Participants have been preparing for the London Marathon for months and will finally set off on Sunday

Participants have been preparing for the London Marathon for months and will finally set off on Sunday

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Pictured: A finish Area information sign is seen at Horse Guards Parade during the preparations for the 2022 London Marathon

Sunday also marks the final time the race will be held in October. The race was pushed back to Autumn throughout the pandemic but 2023 will see a return to April scheduling. 

Three of England’s Lionesses will be setting off the starting klaxons, with Leah Williamson sounding the first buzzer at around 8.50am when the wheelchair races begin.

Ellen White will start the women’s elite race at 9am, while Jill Scott gets the elite men and the mass race of close to 40,000 starters under way by 10am.  

Meanwhile the Met Office said the rest of the country will see ‘outbreaks of rain moving eastwards across the south, perhaps heavy in places’ on Sunday. 

More rain is due to set in on Monday, with wet and windy conditions forecast through the northeast before ‘erratic’ conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer's disease in 2016

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer's disease in 2016

London Marathon participant Simon Phillips will wear a Big Ben costume during the race in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of his father, Robert, who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016

Participants in the London Marathon on Sunday have been warned to prepare for a gloomy morning and potential rain showers, despite promising blue skies throughout the UK on Saturday

Participants in the London Marathon on Sunday have been warned to prepare for a gloomy morning and potential rain showers, despite promising blue skies throughout the UK on Saturday

Participants in the London Marathon on Sunday have been warned to prepare for a gloomy morning and potential rain showers, despite promising blue skies throughout the UK on Saturday

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