This year the annual London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24th April. This is now one of the great sporting events of the year. The 26-mile course through the streets of London attracts competitive runners from all over the world as well as many thousands running for personal achievement or to raise money for their favourite charity.
Often outrageous fancy-dress costumes can be seen. Previous years have included a giant penguin, a London bus, Superman, and a slow-moving snail. The race is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes. Celebrities who have run the London Marathon in previous years include Chris Evans, Gordon Ramsay, Jenson Button and Tom Daley.
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 London Eye and the Tower of London, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. With such vast and impressive scenery, the organisers have dubbed it an ‘historical jog around London’.
In 2015 Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the elite men’s race in a time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 42 seconds and Tigist Tufa of Ethopia came first in the elite women’s race in 2 hours 23 minutes and 22 seconds. In all, around 37,800 runners took part. For the average ‘fun’ runner a time around 4 hours would be a considerable achievement.
The London Marathon was created by the former Olympic champion Chris Brasher. Having witnessed and been inspired by the New York Marathon, he felt London had to have its own marathon. The inaugural London Marathon took place 29th March 1981. It was an instant success.
There are many vantage points from which to watch the action whilst taking in some of London’s greatest sights. These include the The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. The race finishes on The Mall overlooked by Buckingham Palace.
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