Two time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray was called the official starter of the London Marathon on 28 April.
Scot Murray – currently rehabilitating following trendy operation – said it had been an”honour” to be asked.
“It’s such an amazing race meaning a lot to so many individuals,” that the 31-year-old added.
“It raises tens of thousands every year for charity and helps inspire people to get active. I’ve got only respect for everyone who conducts – I could even run itself one day.”
Murray – plus a dual Olympic winner – had been in attendance at the 2014 London Marathon if his wife, Kim, took part.
Event manager Hugh Brasher said:”Sir Andy Murray is one of Britain’s greatest sporting celebrities also it is therefore fitting that he would soon be the official starter for a few of the country’s biggest sports and the entire world’s greatest marathon.
“Andy is renowned among the roughest and most competitive sportsmen on Earth and some one who will not recognise barriers to sport.”