The London Marathon

Every year the London Marathon provides a festival atmosphere throughtout the city

The UK's most famous road race is hosted on the last Sunday in April each year. Places are limited, and are highly prized such that they are now allocated by public ballot, or given by official charities to those fundraising on their behalf. No places are available on the day.

Crowds of half a million line the 26.2 mile course offering shouts of encouragement and congratulations, and the atmosphere for runners is said to be amongst the best in the world. The flat course starts in Greenwich and broadly runs along the river Thames, crossing once at Tower Bridge.

Pubs on the route link up with charities to provide their own entertainment for spectators and runners alike. The festival atmosphere is added to by an array of bands and street entertainers. Because of the road closures, public transport is the only way to get around. London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lay on extra services to cope with the increased demand.

Getting here by train

Roads in central London are closed all day, so public transport is the only way to get around on race day. Greenwich lies to the east of the centre, and runners get free travel to the start on Southeastern trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Victoria stations. Spectators are advised to avoid accompanying runners at this point, and to use London Underground to reach another point on the route.

Location map

Map showing the location of The London Marathon


Visitor information table

CityLondon
CountryEngland
AddressBlackheath Park/Greenwich Common to The Mall
Telephone+44 (0) 20 7902 0200
Dates April
Websitehttp://www.london-marathon.co.uk/

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