Ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon, Strava has revealed data highlighting the key numbers from last year’s London Marathon. Of the 80,000 people to complete the marathon 2021 – in person and virtually – more than half were on Strava.
Other key data points include:
- Law of averages: The average Strava uploader completed the London Marathon in 4:19:54, just under three minutes quicker than average time for the race as a whole – 4:22:50. The top 25% of runners finished in 3:36:45. The average time for men fell just outside the four hour barrier (4:05:08), while women on average completed the race in under 4 hour 45 minutes (4:43:20).
- Setting the pace: Just over 8% of Strava uploaders registered a sub three-hour finish time. More than one in ten women logged Strava times under 3 hours 35 minutes, while 15% of men who uploaded their race completed the course in under 3 hours 5 minutes.
- The slowest mile by average pace – mile four, 11:39 – was immediately followed by the fastest – mile five, 09:01.
- The international perspective: The country with the fastest marathon times on Strava is Mexico, where the average upload is 3:26:06. The other quickest nations are: Norway (3:32:22); Portugal (3:35:46) and Poland (3:41:30).