While the times are not quite as fast as the top 10 fastest men running the London Marathon, they are still very impressive indeed. These are the some of the fastest long distance runners in the world and with these top times, they have already sealed their place in London Marathon history…
10 – Zhou Chunxiu, China – (Year: 2007 – Time: 2:20:38)
Wiki Info: She won the marathon gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, and won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, one second behind the silver medalist.
9 – Edna Kiplagat, Kenya – (Year: 2014 – Time: 2:20:21)
Wiki Info: Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (born 15 September 1979) is a Kenyan long-distance runner. She is the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon. She established herself as an elite marathon runner with wins at the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons in 2010.
8 – Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya – (Year: 2013 – Time: 2:20:15)
Wiki Info: Priscah Jeptoo (born 26 June 1984) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the marathon. She has won marathons in New York, Paris, Turin, and London and has a best time of 2:20:14 for the distance.
7 – Deena Kastor, United States – (Year: 2006 – Time: 2:19:35)
Wiki Info: Deena Michelle Kastor (born Deena Michelle Drossin on February 14, 1973) is an American long-distance runner. She holds American records in the marathon, half-marathon, and numerous road distances.
6 – Mary Keitany, Kenya – (Year: 2011 – Time: 2:19:19)
Wiki Info: Born in Kabarnet, Baringo County, Keitany started running while in primary school. In 2002, she joined the Hidden Talent Academy.
5 – Paula Radcliffe, United Kingdom – (Year: 2002 – Time: 2:18:56)
Wiki Info: On the track, Radcliffe won the 10,000 metres silver medal at the 1999 World Championships and was the 2002 Commonwealth champion at 5000 metres.
4 – Mary Keitany, Kenya – (Year: 2012 – Time: 2:18:37)
Wiki Info: Her half marathon personal best of 1:05:50 is a former women’s world record. She also has held the world record at 10 miles (50:05 minutes), 20 kilometres (1:02:36), and 25 kilometres (1:19:53), all of which were set in road races.
3 – Paula Radcliffe, United Kingdom – (Year: 2005 – Time: 2:17:42)
Wiki Info: Radcliffe is a former world champion in the marathon, half marathon and cross country. She has also been European champion over 10,000 metres and in cross country.
2 – Mary Keitany, Kenya – (Year: 2017 – Time: 2:17:01)
Wiki Info: Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (born 18 January 1982) is a Kenyan long distance runner. She is the world recorder holder in a women-only marathon, having won the 2017 London Marathon in a time of 2:17:01.
1 – Paula Radcliffe, United Kingdom – (Year: 2003 – Time: 2:15:25)
Wiki Info: Paula Jane Radcliffe, MBE (born 17 December 1973) is an English long-distance runner. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner.