The London Marathon has been in existence for 35 years and attracts runners from all across the world, with over 39,000 entrants on the start line in 2016. The race takes place over a distance of 26 miles taking in landmarks such as the River Thames, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace along the route.
Big names in distance running such as British favorite Mo Farah and current champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya have competed in the elite men’s race, whilst Paula Radcliffe holds the world marathon record for the women’s. Be sure to stay and support the amateur runners and celebrities as well as those in the wheelchair race, with the majority of competitors challenging themselves to help raise money for charity.
Nearest airports are London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, all of which are in easy travelling to the course. The event is free to watch, starting at Greenwich Park and finishes in The Mall near to Buckingham Palace with plenty of view-points along the way.
Plan where you wish to watch in advance as key landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Cutty Sark always attract huge crowds. Thousands of spectators arrive early so do the same to ensure you get a good view, in particular if you wish to see the start or finish line.
With many road closures during the London Marathon it is best to travel via the London Underground, plan your journey here although allow additional travel time due to the large crowds attending.
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With so much to see and do in London, make the most of your visit by taking a tour bus and visiting the many historic sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Take in a show in the West End or visit the many museums and art galleries London has to offer.
For more information about the London Marathon: race details, spectator information, road closures, how to enter the London Marathon, previous results, world records, training advice or the latest news and information check the official website here.
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