Parliament dissolves on 30 March 2015, meaning all five will officially run as members of the public rather than MPs, before returning to the campaign trail to try to win back their seats in the General Election on 7 May.
As well as fighting for their seats in May, the five will also be keen to make sure that their marathon efforts are not in vain as they aim to be recorded in the London Marathon MPs Hall of Fame. In order to feature on this prestigious list, they must be re-elected in May.
All five will appear in their running kit for a media call outside the Houses of Parliament next Wednesday, 25 March (see full details below).
The five are:
Edward Timpson, the Conservative Party’s Minister for Children and Families, who will run for the sixth time at this year’s event after competing in all but the 2013 event as an MP over the last seven years. The most experienced marathon runner in the 2015 MPs line-up, Timpson will be hoping to beat his personal best time of 3:42:24 from last year’s race.
Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, Dan Jarvis, will be running Timpson close for title of fastest MP in his fourth London Marathon (and third as an MP) after completing the 2014 race in a time of 3:45:08. Jarvis will be running to raise money for the 2015 Charity of the Year, Cancer Research UK.
Of the five MPs running this year Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan), who is also a junior Minister (Wales office) and a Government whip, clocked up the fastest time in 2014, finishing in 3:34:16. He will be hoping to dip under the 3:30 mark to become this year's fastest Conservative MP as he takes on the 26.2 mile course for the fourth time.
His Tory colleague Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale, will also be looking to complete his fourth London Marathon and is hoping to improve on his previous best of 4:43:56 from last year.
Completing the line up is Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset, who will make his debut at the London Marathon this year, while raising money for the charity ICA, Island Community Action.