All The Celebrities Running The 2024 London Marathon

Emon Choudhury
Emon Choudhury, from BBC’s Race Across the World, ran in 2023 and will race again t (Image credit: Andrew Baker for London Marathon Events)

This Sunday, thousands of runners will set off through the streets of London for the London Marathon. Among them will be runners of all stripes running for charities, PRs and world records. 

Each year a number of famous faces sign up, often raising funds for causes close to their heart. From actors, comedians and TV presenters to musicians and even Olympic medalists, there are plenty of celebrities to keep an eye out for on April 21. Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson, comedian Romesh Ranganathan and Ted Lasso star Phil Dunster will all be making their London Marathon debut this year.

Celebrities Running The 2024 London Marathon

Here are the celebrities who will be running the London Marathon 2024, with the charity they are running for in brackets.

  • Aimee Fuller – former snowboarder and winter Olympian
  • Ali Jawad – Paralympic powerlifter (Crohn's & Colitis UK)
  • Alexander Lincoln – actor, Emmerdale (Centrepoint)
  • Baasit and Raza SiddiquiGogglebox
  • Ben Murphy – 2023 National Chef of the Year (Hospitality Action)
  • Charlie Hodgson – former England rugby union player (Muscular Dystrophy UK)
  • Chloe MeadowsThe Only Way Is Essex (Crohn's & Colitis UK)
  • Chris Newton – former Olympic cyclist (Anthony Nolan)
  • Christopher Eccleston – actor, formerly Doctor Who (The Big Issue)
  • Dan Hudson – comedian and podcast host of A Gay and A NonGay (Marie Curie)
  • Danny Crates – Paralympian (Sports Aid)
  • Darren Turner – racing driver (Hope for Tomorrow)
  • Emma Barton – actor, EastEnders
  • Emily Clarkson – influencer and Should I Delete That? podcast host
  • Emon Choudhury – winner of BBC’s Race Across the World series two
  • Erin Doherty – actor, previously in The Crown (Young Minds UK)
  • Esther Manito – comedian (World Animal Protection)
  • Gary Rowett – football manager
  • Harry Judd – McFly drummer (The Children’s Trust)
  • Helen Thorn – author and comedian
  • Jack Derges – actor (Child Bereavement UK)
  • James Cracknell – former Olympic rower
  • Jamie Borthwick – actor, EastEnders
  • Jamie Jones-Buchanan – former rugby league player (Sue Ryder Care)
  • Jamie Peacock – former rugby league player (Sue Ryder Care)
  • Jenni Falconer – Smooth FM radio presenter
  • Joe Kellaway – 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner (Mental Health Foundation)
  • Josh Cuthbert – former Union J singer (Samaritans)
  • Joshua Patterson – TV personality, Made In Chelsea (Samaritans)
  • Laura Hamilton – presenter, A Place in the Sun (WellChild)
  • Lauren-Nicole Mayes – actor (Action on Postpartum Psychosis)
  • Lawrence Robb – actor, Emmerdale (Samaritans)
  • Natalie Pinkham – Sky Sports F1 presenter and Flackstock co-founder (Samaritans)
  • Phil Dunster – actor, Ted Lasso (Young Lives Vs Cancer)
  • Rangan Chatterjee – host of Feel Better, Live More podcast
  • Romesh Ranganathan – comedian and presenter (CALM)
  • Ruth Wilson – actor (Alzheimer’s Research UK)
  • Ryan Hand – TV presenter (Marie Curie)
  • Shane Williams – former Wales rugby union player (Velindre Cancer)
  • Suzanne Shaw – TV personality and singer (WellChild)

London Marathon FAQs

When is the London Marathon 2024?

The London Marathon will take place on Sunday April 21, 2024.

When does the London Marathon start?

The London Marathon start time is 10am for runners in the mass-participation field, but runners set off in waves so the celebrities above may not start running until 11:30am. Follow their progress using the London Marathon tracker app

Can you watch the London Marathon on TV?

You can try and catch these celebrities on the BBC’s official coverage of the race. You can watch live on BBC One and Two, online, or on the iPlayer app, with coverage starting at 8.30am BST (3.30am EST). All the details of the BBC’s live coverage of the London Marathon 2024 (all times BST) are below, and there is also a highlights show for the event at 6pm on BBC Two on the day.

  • BBC One: 8.30am-2.15pm
  • BBC Two: 2.15pm-3pm
  • BBC Online and iPlayer: 1pm-6pm

How can you run the London Marathon 2025?

There are a number of ways to gain a race place in next year’s event, but the most popular ways are through the London Marathon ballot and getting a London Marathon charity place. The ballot opens on Saturday April 20, 2024, and you can throw your hat in the ring without putting money on the table, so it’s well worth a go.

Camilla Artault
Content editor

Camilla Artault is a writer and keen runner. She has covered women’s running gear – testing leggings, jackets, running bras, tops and shorts – for Coach since 2018, as well as interviewing experts and writing about a range of health and lifestyle topics.