British astronaut Tim Peake 'runs' London Marathon on space station

    Runners cross the River Thames over Tower Bridge during the London Marathon on Sunday, April 24.

    Story highlights

    • UK astronaut Tim Peake runs 'virtual' London Marathon on a treadmill in orbit
    • Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong take titles
    • Kipchoge just outside men's world record
    • The millionth runner in the event's history will cross the finish line

    London (CNN)British astronaut Tim Peake provided the countdown for the 36th London Marathon Sunday before running his own virtual version of the race on a treadmill hundreds of miles above the Earth.

    A recorded message in which Peake wished the competitors luck was played on big screens before the runners set off in London and the 44-year-old astronaut began his own run on board the International Space Station.
      Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge won the men's race, in a course record time of two hours, three minutes and four seconds to triumph at the event for the second year in a row.
      His time was the second fastest of all time and only seven seconds outside the world best set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.