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Follow Your Favourite Runners With The London Marathon Tracker App

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Anyone who has run a marathon will know that things don’t always go to plan, especially when it comes to pacing.

That makes it tough for spectators to know when the runners they’ve turned up to cheer will be passing them. There’s even a risk that they’ll miss them entirely, especially when dealing with the crowds at the London Marathon.

Fortunately, the London Marathon app makes it easy to keep tabs on the runner, or runners, you’ve turned out to support. Search by name or race number in the tracking section of the app, and add runners to a list so you can keep tabs on them all. Then you can track them around the interactive map in the app, which also provides predicted times for when they’ll reach certain points of the marathon based on how fast they’re running.

You can add an unlimited number of runners to your tracking list and get notifications when they hit each 5km marker, along with the halfway point.

This year the organisers are encouraging runners to have only one supporter attend the event in person, and the app provides details on how to watch the marathon on television, so people can do that instead of heading to central London.

If participants run with their phone, they can also enable live GPS tracking in the app and allow up to two people to see their precise location.

Runners should also ensure they download the app, because it provides all the key logistical info needed to get to the London Marathon Expo and the various race starts in Greenwich. That’s especially handy this year because start times are spread out over 90 minutes to avoid overcrowding, and runners are strongly encouraged to travel via certain stations to their start points. The app will also be the fastest way to check your official time after you’ve finished the race.

For runners to get the most out of the app, and enable live GPS tracking, they need to log in to the My Marathon section using their booking reference number, email address and date of birth. These details are handily provided in the official email sent to runners about the app’s launch. The app also provides the QR code you need to collect your bib at the Expo and suggests trains for individual arrival times on race day.

Download the free London Marathon 2021 app, developed by TCS, the official technology partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon, on the App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab).

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.