Every spring, the streets of London are taken over by one of the greatest races in the world – the London Marathon.
The London Marathon has been taking place annually since 1981 and it has steadily grown in popularity. Demand for places to take part is intense. This year, nearly 254,000 people wanted to run in the London Marathon, but there were only 40,000 places available. Most of these were allotted by ballot with many spaces going to charities who field their own runners, keen to raise funds and raise awareness for their chosen charity. Everyone from beginners to professional athletes takes part. In 2018, top runners will include the legendary Sir Mo Farah, Kenensia Bekele, and Eliud Kipchoge. Search for London vacation rentals to book your stay before taking part in this event.
Spectators cheer on the runners, providing encouragement all the way along the route. They also keep a watchful eye on celebrities. Among the well-known people who have taken part in the London Marathon over the years are Princess Beatrice, TV personality Chris Evans and chef Gordon Ramsay. This event is going to take place on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
There is a distinct fun element present in the London Marathon. While the runners are keen to stretch themselves and try and beat their best time, they also display a sense of fun. Many come dressed in fancy costumes, especially if they are raising money for charity. Eye-catching costumes can help promote their cause, so it is not surprising that there have been numerous superheroes, animals, cartoon characters, a giant Shoe and a London Bus taking part! Search for holiday apartments near Oxford Street London to enjoy more fun elements in the city.
So where is the best place to see the runners? If you want to watch the finishing line, then head for the area around Buckingham Palace as the runners have to travel up the Mall. Alternatively, you can watch the start of the race in Greenwich Park. Once the race begins, the runners head for Blackheath, then down to the river Thames and back through Bermondsey to Tower Bridge. After crossing the bridge, they head eastwards to run around the Isle of Dogs, and back into the city of London past the Tower of London and head for the finishing line at Buckingham Palace.
It is a long, and grueling trek, but the majority of runners succeed. The fastest runners take just over two hours from start to finish.