Republic of Ireland legend Kevin Kilbane and eight other football stars will run a marathon in London before Sunday


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND legend Kevin Kilbane is one of a number of former top footballers who have tried their hand at the London Marathon.

The 2021 edition of the race takes place on Sunday, with an incredible 100,000 runners expected for this annual event.


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Premier League winners Michael Owen and Dwight Yorke are among those who have traded their cleats for a pair of running shoes.

Here SunSport remembers nine efforts of the footballers’ London Marathon and finds out who was the fastest in the capital.



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MUZZY IZZET is best known for sprinting around Leicester City midfielder in the late 90s and early 2000s.

But the ex-Turkish international is also an accomplished runner, finishing the 2011 London Marathon in three hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

Speaking after his jog, Izzet said: “I was pretty happy with things. The last five or six miles was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”




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THE FINISH just behind Muzzy Izzet in the 2011 edition was Dwight Yorke, who posted a time of three hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds.

The Manchester United icon’s medal in 2011 is surely alongside his Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles.

Remarkably, Yorke is believed to have gone out on a fair night HOURS after finishing the race … rather him than me!



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LATE Premier League hero Gary Speed ​​was one of the fittest midfielders of his generation – so it’s no surprise he won the 2010 race.

The former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United star crossed the finish line in three hours, 49 minutes and 22 seconds.

Speed ​​raised funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, established in March 2008 in memory of the legendary English manager.



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WEST HAM legend Steve Potts crushed the London Marathon in four hours, four minutes and seven seconds in 2008.

Potts, who scored once in 505 appearances for the Hammers, raised money for the Children with Leukemia charity.

He told reporters ahead of the race: “I wouldn’t say I was in great shape, to be honest … but I can’t wait to be there.”



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Former Prem regular Chris Perry, SLIGHTLY slower than Potts, crossed the finish line in four hours, five minutes and nine seconds in 2011.

The defender has enjoyed a long playing career at Wimbledon, Tottenham, Charlton, West Brom, Luton and Southampton.

Perry actually finished the London Marathon SIX TIMES – according to Marathon View – fundraising for the MND association.



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Another regular at the London Marathon is Crystal Palace legend Mark Bright, posting a time of four hours, 55 minutes and 17 seconds in 2007.

He continued to compete in long distance events and will compete in the Palace Marathon Walk – a walking event – later this month.

He told the club website: “It is such a pleasant and rewarding day for all those connected with the club. It makes you proud to be Palace!”



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ENGLAND legend Michael Owen is one of the fastest strikers to ever honor the Prem … but he was not so quick in the 2014 London Marathon.

The former Liverpool ace clocked a time of three hours, 45 minutes and 43 seconds, although the cross-country race cannot be compared to the sprint.

He said at the time: “What I’ve trained my whole life for is speed and power, so doing that type of training was a real challenge.”



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BEAT Owen for pace at the London Marathon is Kevin Kilbane, who crossed the finish line in three hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds in 2013.

The ex-Prem star’s time is hardly surprising given his longevity on the pitch, making more than 700 professional appearances.

Kilbane said The world of runners in 2015: “I’ve played in front of lots of packed stadiums before, but the crowd in London was something else.”



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THE FASTEST footballer to run the London Marathon is Christian Dailly, crossing the finish line in three hours, six minutes and 26 seconds in 2013.

The former Scotland international is best known for his stints at Blackburn, West Ham, Rangers and Charlton.

Dailly said ahead of his race: “I’ve been to the London Marathon a number of times. It’s a fantastic event, with a great atmosphere.”

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