London Marathon prizes and how much the winners make in 2024

Kelvin Kiptum of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Elite Men's Marathon
Kelvin Kiptum of Kenya won the elite men's London Marathon last year -Credit:Alex Davidson/Getty Images

The London Marathon is synonymous with charity and giving away money but for some people, it is also about receiving it. For the elite races - wheelchair, women's and men's - there is a huge prize pot available for gold, silver and bronze medallists.

And this year makes history for prize winners as it's the first time that all the cash pots are the same across all the elite races. The money is dished out in dollars which is great news for runners as the pound is on a downward trend against the dollar at the moment.

The total amount waiting to be given out is a staggering $308,000 (£247,635). Out of this, all the winners of the elite races will win $55,000 (£44,220) for the first time in the race's history.

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The runners-up will earn $30,000 (£24,120) and third place will land winners $22,500 (£18,090). Last year, the wheelchair race's first prize was only $35,000 (£28,140) so this extra money is a serious incentive this year and is a world first for any marathon to do so.

Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates after winning the Elite Woman's Marathon during the 2023 TCS London Marathon on April 23, 2023 in London, England
London Marathon debutant Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won last year -Credit:Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Last year Kelvin Kiptum of Kenya won the men's elite race with an incredible time of 2:01:25. He is also the current world record holder for men's marathons with a staggering 2 hours and 35 seconds which he set in the Chicago Marathon in October 2023.

For the elite women's race, debutant Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won - steaming ahead with a time of 2:18:33. In the wheelchair race the elite men's winner was Marcel Hug from Switzerland with an amazing 1:23:44. He was five minutes ahead of the runner up and it was a 50-second improvement on his course record and his third consecutive win at the London Marathon - his fifth in total.

Marcel Hug crosses the finish line
Marcel Hug is the undisputed number one wheelchair racer in the world, winning all six Abbott World Marathon Majors in a single season last year and he will be looking for his fourth straight win in the London Marathon -Credit:Alex Davidson/Getty Images

For the elite women's wheelchair race Madison de Rozario of Australia won the race with 1:38:51 on the clock, a second ahead of the next woman.

Hug said: "I am so excited that the London Marathon is leading by example with equal prize money and showing they are not just talking about equality but also demonstrating it."

De Rozario said: "Sport has an enormous responsibility to community and the TCS London Marathon is at the forefront of doing that justice. It is setting an entirely new standard and I can't wait to see what that means for para sport going forward. Knowing that a generation of wheelchair racers are going to get to come into a sport and never question their value or their place is beautiful."

Madison de Rozario of Australia finishes first and Manuela Schar of Switzerland finishes second in the Woman's Wheelchair 2023 TCS London Marathon
Madison de Rozario of Australia won the elite women's wheelchair last year, just a second ahead of Manuela Schar of Switzerland in a tense finish -Credit:Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: "We are delighted to continue our commitment to disability sport with this landmark move that ensures the prize money available to our elite wheelchair athletes is exactly the same as for those in the able-bodied elite races. We have made great strides in recent years towards our ambition to make the TCS London Marathon the most diverse and equitable marathon in the world and this is another important step towards achieving that goal."

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