London Marathon 2021: Spot yourself in our photos

Tens of thousands of runners took on the first full London Marathon since 2019.

<p>Runners cross Tower Bridge during the London Marathon as a boat passes underneath on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)</p>

Runners cross Tower Bridge during the London Marathon as a boat passes underneath on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of Londoners took on the famous 26 miles from Greenwich to the Mall on Sunday - in the first full London Marathon in two years.

Runners were treated to sunshine as the rain mostly stayed away - following dreadful weather on Saturday.

A runner dressed as a tiger on Victoria Embankment during the London Marathon on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

There were also tens of thousands of keen runners across the world taken on the virtual marathon, where they run their own 26.2-mile route.

The marathon was the first full event with normal Brits running for more than two-and-a-half years.

Runners on The Highway as they take part in the London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

The 2020 race only had elite level runners, and this year’s event was moved from April to dodge the Covid lockdowns.

At the elite level, Sisay Lemma of Ethiopa, who came third last year, won the men’s race in exactly 2:04.01.

The women’s was won by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2:17.42 - making her the seventh-fastest woman in history.

Members of the public finish during the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

There was a recordbreaking Swiss double in the elite wheelchair races as Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär both set new course records.

Charlotte Purdue qualified for the 2022 World Championships by winning the British women’s elite race in 2:23:26, becoming the third-quickest British female in history in the process.

Conservative politician Matt Hancock gestures to the camera after completing the 2021 London Marathon in central London on October 3, 2021. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Disgraced former health secretary Matt Hancock ran the marathon, making it one of his first public appearances since he resigned for having an affair in the Department of Health.

BBC presenter Sophie Raworth completed her race in just three hours 33 minutes, raising money for Cure Parkinson’s.

She said: “Having run through the city’s deserted streets for months during lockdown, it was so wonderful to run with thousands of people again.

BBC Newsreader and broadcaster, Sophie Raworth reacts after finishing the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“And the crowds! Amazing. A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”

Former Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell was another famous face running with the masses.

He said: “A special day, 35,000 plus runners, amazing crowds and even the weather played ball.

James Cracknell OBE reacts after finishing the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“Really felt like Britain is emerging from ‘hibernation’.

“Although my legs have returned to lockdown in protest, 2 hours 55 minutes today. Thank you.”

This was a theme echoed by many finishers, including former elite women’s winner and women’s race starter Liz McColgan, who said: “It’s a great honour to do it today, it’s bringing life back to the city.”

Runners on The Highway as they take part in the London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss ran in memory of his late wife Ruth, raising money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

He said afterwards: “It’s just an amazing event, and a special thing to have run together.”

Event director Hugh Brasher said: “We’ve really missed the togetherness after being more divided than ever.

“We are bringing people together one step at a time, both here today and globally.

“Our core value is #WeRunTogether and it has been a hugely complex challenge to do that, with so many scenarios considered.

“The amazing team strives extremely hard, day by day, to get it right.”