The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest events in the UK. The race is broadcasted in almost 200 countries, with over 40,000 runners taking part and approximately 650,000 spectators! The London Marathon 2015 will be a great event to attend with a buzz of excitement guaranteed.
The London Marathon course is just over 26 miles with the participant beginning at Greenwich Park. The London Marathon route is displayed below:
Spectators will not be allowed into the assembly area at Greenwich Park. Therefore it is advised to say goodbye and send your good luck wishes to any family or friends participating in the marathon at either Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge or Victoria train station. Here they can then take travel free of charge to their designated starting point.
Deciding where the best spots at the London Marathon are is always a difficult decision. There are several areas that are filled with participating pubs, entertainment areas and live bands which make a great atmosphere and fun time. However, these areas can become very crowded. These zones around the London Marathon route tend to be best if you are not watching out for anyone in particular, but want to help encourage the runners and enjoy the carnival atmosphere. The key areas featuring live music, official bars and entertainment include:-
- Cutty Sark, around the 6 mile mark.
- Rotherhithe Station area, around the 11 mile mark.
- Tower Bridge, around mile 12 & 13; This is the busiest area of the entire route. It will be filled with the biggest crowds, the route later passes again so position yourself in the central reservation area to witness the runners twice.
- Heron Quays & Canary Wharf, around mile 18
- Tower Hill, around mile 23. This is where the course goes back on itself. This is a very lively area and includes the London Marathons official cheering zone!
- Victoria Embankment to The Mall finish line, around mile 24 to 26 will be extremely busy. The live music zone falls around mile 25 near The Strand area and Waterloo Bridge.
If you are at the London Marathon 2015 for moral support of a loved one, then you may want to take another approach and aim for the quieter areas that lack supporters. This way you can give the runner that extra push and inspiration they need at these quieter times. Below we have listed some of the quieter stretches where your family or friends running would be thankful for a friendly face and encouragement:
- Evelyn Street/ Deptford, around the 8 mile mark. Here the runners will be almost one third of the way through the course.
- Westferry Road, around mile 16. Runners legs will be feeling very heavy by now, plus this southern area in the Isle of Dogs tends to be rather quiet so runner will really appreciate your cheers here.
- Poplar High Street, around mile 20. This mile stretch is a little further out, with no live music areas and few pubs so tends to be a little quieter. However, it is a great point for the runner s to reach and know that large crowds and an exciting atmosphere are coming up ahead. The finishing point is in reach!
After the race you can meet up with the participants at Horse Guards Road or Horse Guards Parade, whereby the event organisers have created a system whereby you can meet the runners at the lettered sign posts of their surname. This will help prevent congestion at the race exit. Do remember it is likely to take the runner approximately 45 minutes to get to the meet and greet area due to the sheer number of participants finishing the race.
We hope that you have liked our blog and have a great day at the London Marathon. We wish anyone taking part the best of luck!
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