Why You'll love it

To me, the London Marathon encapsulates everything I love about sport - uniting people from different backgrounds, ages and abilities in one common goal. The camaraderie between the runners; the deafening cheers from the crowds calling the name you have written on your chest; children handing out sweets and hi-fiving you; running over Tower Bridge – it is an unforgettable experience in a city that has always been my home.

Things you need to know

A 26.2 mile, closed road, running event passing many of London’s iconic landmarks. Part of the World Marathon Major Series, the London Marathon has become a must do event in the sporting calendar, with 40,000 runners per year including an elite field and wheelchair race. 37 years after the inaugural race, over 1 million people have taken part in the London Marathon, with over £830 million raised for charity.

Starting in Greenwich and finishing on the Mall, the 26.2 mile route takes you through the streets of London, passing iconic Landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer the participants on. The event is filmed by the BBC, attracts a large number of celebrities and generates millions of pounds for charity.

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Written by: Gemma Marks

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