Capital’s Big Race- London Marathon
News & Updates / February 16, 2018
If it’s spring, then it’s time to book a room in aparthotels London for one of the biggest street events in the world – the London Marathon.
This free event attracts thousands of spectators along its twisting 26.2 mile long route, with vast numbers gathering at the finishing line outside Buckingham Palace. There are equally large numbers of runners taking part – around 40,000 and most manage to complete the entire course.
Competition to take part in the event is high. Nearly 254,000 people applied for places in the 2018 Marathon ranging from professional athletes to beginners. Key runners this year include the legendary Sir Mo Farah, Kenensia Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge. Eagle eyed spectators may also spot numerous celebrities. Previous marathons have included Princess Beatrice, Chef Gordon Ramsey and TV presenter Chris Evans. People also book holiday apartments London near Marathon to take the stress out of your big day.
Expect lots of eye catching costumes amid the running gear. Many runners are seeking to raise money for charity and adopt all kinds of outfits from superheros and animals to a giant Shoe and a London Bus! In 2017, there was even a ‘gorilla’ who crawled the entire way from Greenwich Park to Buckingham Palace. It took him six days to complete the route, but he succeeded and raised a massive £23,900 for his chosen charity, the Gorilla Organisation.
Ever since the first London Marathon was run in 1981, the twisting course has challenged runners. It starts amid the lawns of Greenwich Park, with stunning views across the river before heading eastward to Blackheath where the road takes runners down towards the river itself. Then it’s back through Bermondsey to Tower Bridge, and across to the northern bank of the River. Runners then head eastwards through docklands and round the Isle of Dogs, before turning back and heading into the city of London itself, past the Tower of London, along the Thames and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Despite its length, top marathon runners complete it in around 2 hours. Anyone wanting to see the final stage should arrive in the Mall or outside Buckingham Palace well in advance, as space is limited. The atmosphere is fantastic, don’t miss to book a stay in Presidential Marylebone Mayfair as everyone cheers on the runners and enjoys the almost carnival atmosphere created by the fancy dress clad participants.