The 16 include three women MPs – another record - including one from the Scottish National Party, Hannah Bardell, the first SNP member ever to run.
Alun Cairns will again start as the fastest entrant. The Secretary of State for Wales was just 15 minutes faster than Labour’s Dan Jarvis last year when Conservative Edward Timpson was another seven minutes slower. Conservative Graham Evans, independent Simon Danczuk and Conservative Amanda Solloway also produced their best times in 2016. No fewer than eight of this year’s entrants are London Marathon debutants.
A total of 70 Members of Parliament have run the London Marathon since 1981.
Matthew Parris holds the record as the fastest MP. His five London Marathon times (1981-85) are all faster than the next best, Doug Henderson.
Having run 10 apiece, Dick Douglas, Gary Waller and Alistair Burt jointly hold the record for the highest number of London Marathons completed as an MP. Douglas went on to complete a further 11 London Marathons after he left Parliament, then at the age of 70 decided that his 21st in 2002 would be his last.
Burt ran his 10th London Marathon last year, an incredible 32 years since his first in 1984. In fact, Burt holds the record among MPs for the longest period between his first and his most recent Marathons and has completed at least one in each of the last four decades.
Cairns will be looking to be the fastest MP for the third successive year and the Vale of Glamorgan MP improved his 2014 PB last year to move up to seventh on the all-time list. Jarvis improved his best for the third time to come in ahead of Timpson who was third quickest for the second year in a row.
The MPs running in 2017 are listed below.
THERE WILL BE A PHOTOCALL WITH THE 16 MPs RUNNING THE 2017 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON
11:00 ON TUESDAY 18 APRIL, WESTMINSTER GREEN