Get stretching and prepare the shiny silver foil blanket – the 2019 London Marathon is here. 26.2 gruelling miles around the UK’s capital city, with elite athletes and fun runners all pushing themselves to the limits. And thankfully getting a 2019 London Marathon live stream is far, far easier than trying to compete in the thing.

And the 2019 edition is likely to be one of the most watched in recent years, thanks to the presence of one Sir Mo Farah. Yep, Mo’s back again.

But with the fastest marathon time of 2hrs 1mins 39secs set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin last year, he’s the one to watch. Will it be misery or the Mobot? Either way, TechRadar will tell you how to live stream all the Marathon action.

But the London Marathon isn’t just about the so-called elite runners. It’s the fun runners, wheelchair athletes and plethora of weird and wacky fancy-dress costumes that make the event so iconic. Around 40,000 people will be running today, the vast majority fulfilling long held dreams.

And the great news is that getting a live stream of the 2019 London Marathon is really easy, as the BBC has the rights to show it in all its glory – just as it has since the inaugural year in 1981. And even if you live outside the UK keep reading as we’ll show you how to live stream the London Marathon 2019 from wherever you are in the world.

How to watch the London Marathon for free: UK stream

Stream the London Marathon from outside your country

We’ve got your UK and US watching options covered in this article. But if you try to watch the 2019 London Marathon and you’re abroad, you’re going to be out of luck – coverage will be geo-blocked.

Luckily, there’s an easy way around even this hurdle. Simply download and install a VPN to change your IP address to a server back in your country. That way, your laptop, mobile or streaming device will think it’s back at home and thus the geo-block will be avoided. Lovely!

How to watch a 2019 London Marathon live stream in the US

If you’re in the US and want to watch this year’s London Marathon, then you’re in luck as you have several ways to watch the event. 

NBC Sports will air all the action on the day with the Elite Men’s race starting from 5.10am ET, 2.10am PT.

If you’d prefer to stream the London Marathon on your computer, streaming devices or on mobile, the NBC site and NBC Sports App will also be streaming the event. 

If you want more athletics for your buck and plan on tuning into the Diamond League as well as the rest of the IAAF Championships, NBC Sports Gold also offers a Track and Field Pass for $74.99 a year. The service lets you stream all of the top marathons and other athletic events without commercial interruptions and if you happen to miss an event, you can always watch it later on-demand.