What is the London Marathon and when is it?
Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over London for one weekend every April, this year it’s Sunday 22nd and The Queen will officially start this year’s race. Coverage of her pushing the button at 10am sharp from the grounds of Windsor Castle will be streamed onto the big screens at Blackheath where the 40,000 runners begin the race.
Attracting professionals, celebrities and some truly impractical outfits, the London Marathon is a 26.2 mile race around the streets of London. One of the key London events in spring, it attracts just as many supporters as participants, and the atmosphere on the day is something truly remarkable. Here’s all you need to know about running the London Marathon 2018, whether you’re a road-pounding-pro or a newbie in a Disney costume. Those who’d like to run can enter by ballot or take up a fundraising place via their favourite charity. And this year, one of our lorry drivers is running to support his favourite charity, Cancer Research but I hasten to say, NOT dressed as a rabbit or a rhino.
Where is the London Marathon?
The route starts south of the Thames at Blackheath and passes through Greenwich before crossing the river over Tower Bridge. It then continues through central London before finishing in glory in front of Buckingham Palace.
When is the 2018 London Marathon?
This 2018 marathon takes place on Sunday April 22 and The Queen will officially start this year’s race. Live coverage of her pushing the button at 10am sharp from the grounds of Windsor Castle will be streamed onto the big screens at Blackheath where the 40,000 runners begin the race.
A Few Random Facts
- The first London Marathon took place in 1981.
- There have been 37 London Marathons to date.
- There is a 24 hour time limit to the race to count.