Virgin Money London Marathon
The Virgin Money London Marathon is not just one big race; there are actually a bunch of different races all along the course during the day. You will see professional athletes striving to win, runners who return year on year and those who have entered to have fun and raise some money in a funny costume.
If you look closely you will be able to spot the odd famous face as it is now the trend for celebs to sign up and do their bit for their favourite charity. Notable runners in previous years have included Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave (who set a Guinness World Record for the most amount of money raised), hot TV Chef Michel Roux who has run in 12 London Marathons, and opera singer Katherine Jenkins who ran last year in memory of her father.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is all over the internet so you can get up to the minute news and hot tips. You can get info on twitter, read expert blogs and join the community or even follow your favourite runners on the interactive race map.
Like the Barcelona Marathon the course is mainly flat and one of the fastest in the European marathon circuit. Many of the most famous sights in London are on the route so where you watch could depend on which other sights you would like to see. The most popular places like Tower Hill and the Cutty Sark will fill up with spectators early in the morning so you can either get up with the lark or pick somewhere a little quieter. Try Evelyn Street in Deptford – this is a long, flat, straight around mile 8 and the runners will be concentrating hard on keeping momentum going. Or grab a spot on The Highway and you could see the pack twice as they pass at miles 13 and 22.
No matter where you are in London the atmosphere will be lively and the people will be friendly and happy to have some fun. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!