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The London Marathon


London Marathon 2010
© Ian Gavan/Stringer/Getty Images Fun runners enter The Mall, the final stretch of the Flora London Marathon 2006.
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London Marathon General Information:

The London Marathon attracts top athletes and amateur runners as they all try to complete the grueling 26.2 mile course.

Over 45,000 runners take part and half a million spectators line the route as the runners pass some of the capital's most iconic landmarks.

When: 13 April 2014. (Annual April event in London.)


Use Journey Planner or Citymapper to plan your route by public transport.

Best Places to Watch the Runners:

  • Greenwich Park:
    The race starts here so it is very crowded.
  • London Bridge Area:
    This marks the half-way point.
  • Tower Bridge:
    A great photo opportunity to see the runners crossing the famous Tower Bridge, but again, very crowded.
  • Embankment:
    As the competitors head up the Embankment, opposite the London Eye, past the Houses of Parliament, to Nelson's Column they face the final grueling mile.
  • The Mall:
    Watch as tortured and exhausted faces turn to joy on crossing the finish line.

Start Times:

9am: The Elite women
9.20am: The Wheelchair Race
9.45am: The Elite men

All others participants are given a staggered start time shortly after.

London Marathon Photos: London Marathon Photo Gallery

Official Website: www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

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