Every year, more than 30,000 people run the 26.2-mile marathon through the streets of London. Last year saw close to 40,000 runners on the starting line, after almost 250,000 people entered the 2016 marathon ballot.
Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity; and many run in outrageous fancy-dress. Previous years’ costumes have included a giant penguin, a London bus, Superman, dinosaurs and a slow-moving snail. The Virgin Money London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes. Celebrities who have run the London Marathon in previous years include Princess Beatrice, Gordon Ramsay, Agyness Dean, Ronan Keating and Jenson Button.
The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames through Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing the river on Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital’s famous landmarks, including the Coca Cola London Eye and the Tower of London, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.
With such vast and impressive scenery, it’s no wonder the organisers have dubbed it a “historical jog around London”.
View the route here.
There will be various road closures in place during this event view the road closure booklet here.