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Virgin Money London Marathon

40000 participants · Sun 3rd Oct 2021 · London
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Take up the challenge of this truly global event. Runners will not go a single mile without feeling the rush of music and cheering supporters spurring them on.

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The team behind the Virgin Money London Marathon also organises a whole host of other great events including Prudential RideLondon, The Vitality London 10,000 & Westminster Mile, Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine and our newest event, The Vitality Big Half.

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What's included:

  • Finisher's Medal
  • T-Shirt
  • Goody Bag
  • Marshalled Course
  • Water Stations
  • Aid Stations
  • Freebies at the ExCel centre
  • Life Long Memories
London Marathon
10:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Run 26.2mi

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4.9
48 reviews
CrowdsIncredible crowds
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FestivalFestival vibes
Jennifer
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
One of the six marathon majors, the most over subscribed and popular event on the planet, incredible crowds, unique atmosphere, an opportunity to run this event is an opportunity not to be missed.… read more
Becky
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Simply AMAZING!!! The organisation was spot on, bag drop was a breeze, lots of toilets, the waves were easy to navigate. Potentially the best day. Ever! … read more
Ed H-M
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
An amazing atmosphere along the whole route added to an amazing well organised day. Great pre and post race experience also… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How do I enter the London Marathon?
The majority of runners apply for the London Marathon by entering the ballot, with a 4% chance of getting in. If you don't get in through the ballot, you can run for a charity, for which there are about 15,000 places. You can also get a good-for-age place, details of which can be found here: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/faqs/… read more
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At what time does the London Marathon start?
The mass start of the London Marathon starts at 10:10 am on race morning… read more
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What is the cut-off time for the London Marathon?
The cut-off time for the London Marathon is 7 hours. You can continue running after this time, but you will have to run on the pavement, as roads will reopen, and you will not receive a finisher's medal.… read more
Route description
Route description

The London Marathon course is one of the most iconic routes in running. Winding its way through the heart of the capital, with crowds lining the side of the route at every step, the course has barely changed since the race was first held in 1981.

The course begins starts in leafy Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles.

It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around London, right past the Shard. Continuing along past the 12th mile markers, runners will be taken past Canary Wharf and the London Eye.

Runners will finish in a blaze of glory along London's most iconic landmarks, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

Jennifer
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
One of the six marathon majors, the most over subscribed and popular event on the planet, incredible crowds, unique atmosphere, an opportunity to run this event is an opportunity not to be missed.
Becky
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Simply AMAZING!!! The organisation was spot on, bag drop was a breeze, lots of toilets, the waves were easy to navigate. Potentially the best day. Ever!
Ed H-M
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
An amazing atmosphere along the whole route added to an amazing well organised day. Great pre and post race experience also
Claire
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
My first ever marathon was an amazing experience at the VLM 2019. The race was so well organised and the volunteers were so helpful and friendly. The race itself was mostly enjoyable and the ginormous crowds were fantastic. I highly recommend this event for a beginner.
Rafa
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
I am in full love with this event which I have run twice, 2017 and 2019. Super well organised, amazing volunteers and has the most cheering crowds in the world! With several endorphin-boost locations - Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Warf and Big Ben - it's a MUST race!
Conor
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
London Marathon 2019 - What an amazing weekend. Honestly one of the best experiences (if not the best) of my life. I felt like a child in a sweet shop at the expo on the Saturday and then there was race day - just wow. I finished in 3:15:08 but I actually ran an extra 0.3 miles so would have been even quicker - oops! The race was fantastic, the crowds were unreal. Hearing so many people cheer my name was incredible. I had run my first marathon in Brighton two weeks before and ran London so much more intelligently, finishing strong in the last 4 miles and absolutely in control. It would have been easy to get carried away and go off too fast but I knew all too well the feeling of 'The Wall' and paced my race to a near on straight line, which allowed me to enjoy every second. Turning the last corner, passing the famous 385 yards to go sign and heading onto the most amazing Union Jack emblazoned home straight was such an unbelievable feeling. It really was one of the best days of my life and I was so happy. The London Marathon is organised seamlessly and absolutely lives up to the hype and more so. You have to experience it!
Fran
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Simply the best marathon ever! The atmosphere is incredible with supporters for the full 26.2 miles, you'll look forward to the 2 tunnels where you can blow your nose and eat a jelly baby with your mouth open. Nice flat course which passes through Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and finally the Embankment, finishing with an epic view of Buckingham Palace. Fantastically well organised, just need a few more porta loos at the race start.
Dan
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4.3
Did the London Marathon in 2019
The only negative is the meet up areas at the end. When everything was within horseguards, yes it was busy, but only runner an their supporters were there thus effective. This year we had to fight around charities, tour guides (inc groups), general sightseers, and masses of additional race supporters, utter chaos at a detriment to the tired runners the area is provided for.Public crossings and signage to crossings of the course were also mis represented regarding directional access causing further chaos and many to not see their loved ones around the final mile, this exacerbated by two charities being given sole access to 300m of pavement as a private area yet remaining largely unused.
Kieran
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Marathon jealousy is something many people experience when watching the marathon or volunteering. I most certainly felt that way after I volunteered last year during sixth form for the baggage. I then set myself the goal of one day running the London Marathon. Fast forward a year later, and here I am a finisher. I still cant quite believe it. As for the event its self theres not too much to say. The atmosphere is incredible, tower bridge and the way back along embankment were definitely my favourites. Strangers cheering you on for pretty much the whole way provides a buzz like nothing else. Id gone into the race with the mindset of finishing in under four hours. I soon learnt around mile 15 (when the aches and pains began to set it) that time was irrelevant. Just being able to finish is an incredible achievement and Im so glad I did. I whole heartedly recommend to get involved and sing up. Just go for it, 3 hours or 8 hours it doesnt matter. Being able to finish it is huge and incredible.
Ilona
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Course: the course is good, really flat, but I would prefer a few nicer areas rather than the Isle of Dogs.Orga: this is super well organised, from email come, to the running show, number pick up, getting via public transport to the start and funnelling the finishers. Ive not seen a better organised event. Atmosphere: London is the best - proud to be a Londoner just for this event alone.Is there anything I would change: yes, do they really need to hand out those huge Luzorade bottles? No one can drink that much of this stuff. Loved the seaweed thingis.
Mark
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
London always has a great atmosphere, good natured, lots of enthusiastic bands, stacks of energy from the onlookers. The course is great as well, a tried and tested route with loads of interesting places to take your mind off your legs. Well organised by thousands of volunteers and the core team, the only comment from my friends was that the road crossings were too difficult; the volunteer teams needed more coordination to do it faster; it was so slow it made it almost impossible to meet our charity team afterwards. Overall, great work by the team, fantastic work by the volunteers and a stunning result for runners and charities.
Jade
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
This year was my first ever marathon so it had to be London where I was born and bred. Definately the best organised race. The various landmarks allow you to break up the race into manageable chunks so it seems less daunting and knowing you are running the same course as the elite runners is amazing. But ultimately the support and encouragement from the thousands of spectators helps you along in the best marathon in the best city in the world. My advice..............don't go for a time just enjoy, it's an emotional, empowering experience I'll never forget.
Sharon
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Omg my first time and boy it lived up to all expectations. It was extremely emotional for me as running for breast cancer which ie just beat x thank you London
Dean
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Amazing event, slick organisation and unique atmosphere. Trust in your training, fuel properly. and you will be fine. Expect it to hurt though !
Nem
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Amazing experience, my 4th London Marathon, best organisation ever. I went from Green start which was smaller and very easy to hit a good starting pace. The crowds were phenomenal. Loved every minute (even the painful ones for those last few miles!) A massive thank you to everyone who supported.
Ricky
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
The run was absolutely amazing, the crowd was exceptional throughout the whole course and an incredible experience!
Chris
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2016
Overall, brilliant. I won't lie the first 10k is tedious and could be in any city/town in the world. Cutty Sark is great, then a bit of a stretch until Tower Bridge, which is unbelievable. The final 10k must be the best of all Majors. Support for almost all the course is great, and the last few miles is ridiculously good. Isle of Dogs is not as deserted as it used to be. Finishing on the Mall is epic.Organisation at the start is seamless with plenty of loos (little queuing if you are a bloke) and excellent bag drop off. End and bag pick-up is equally as good. Would run this again in a heartbeat. If it was easier to get in...! :)
Lukasz
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Ive made a great decision choosing LM to be my first marathon ever! Its simply stunning! Organisation was incredible, the clarity of what is where in assembly area, the amount of Marshalls, first aid era, pit stops where you could get a massage, water/energy gels stations , transport of personal belongings, WOW! On the top of that course is taking you through streets of London where Locals, families and tourists cheering you up on the entire length of race. In few words: great run, great people, great atmosphere!!!!
Anna
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Absolutely amazing experience, crowd was great and everything was well organised. The best marathon race I have ever done!
Robert
Star
4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
This was my first London marathon and I loved every minute of it, well almost every minute. The atmosphere is electrifying and it gives you the extra boost when needed the most. Loved it
Bryn
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2013
I was so privileged to be able to participate in two consecutive years of running this truly fantastic marathon. The event organisation was exceptional (from the registration, pre-marathon exhibition, logistics and bag management (of personal belongings from Start to Finish). From the three mass starts in Greenwich the spectator support, rich history and "World-famous" monuments that line the entire course - to finish in the heart of London on the Mall is quite simply - the BEST - I have ever experienced. Some advice for others that are interested to run - is to engage with Charity organisations and use this opportunity to raise both funds and awareness during the race. Training is very crucial aspect (as the overall objective is to ENJOY the experience on race day). It can be difficult at times from a motivational perspective (especially for those of you living in the UK) as training will generally need to occur over the middle of your winter season - to be duly prepared for the race in April but the race day camaraderie, memories and sense of accomplishment in completing this wonderful marathon - is WELL WORTH ALL OF THE EFFORT!
James
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Loved every part of this as a first time marathon runner. The only reason for four stars is the moments on course when the spectators were virtually in the line of the runners - probably cant be helps though
Penny
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Thus race is brilliantly organised from entry through registration to the actual race. The atmosphere is second to none and the views, if you can see them behind the millions of supporters, are iconic.
David
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
I ran the London marathon back in 2006 for a wonderful charity called CRY what amazing day from start to finish. I would say that it was the hardest thing I have ever done.but I'm glad that I have done it.and we raised alot of money for a great cause.All I would say make sure you train properly .I trained for about 11 months before the big day.
Nicole
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
The absolute best marathon for organisation, crowd support, motivation and spirit. London Marathon is a sensory overload, so much to see and take in on the course. Whilst some miles seem to last a while, the race is suprisingly quick because youre heavily distracted. The Marshalls are amazing from dropping off baggage, to round the course and again collecting medals etc. London is often referred to as a flat course and to be honest, its actually undulating but still, a great course. Other marathons are available, but this one should go on every runners bucket list - its an unforgettable experience.
Fiona
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2017
An absolutely amazing event! The crowd were brilliant from start to finish....such incredible atmosphere. Only minor negative was that course became a bit boring after Tower Bridge going into Docklands and there was a very long out and back stretch. Save time and don't queue for the portaloos the on route...just use the pubs, shops and McDonald's along the way. They are very accommodating. Other than that...I had an incredible and life-changing experience. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Like most people, I wasn't successful in the ballot but I simply applied for a charity place. Don't think about it...just do it!
Alessandro
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
Nothing disappointed. A truly inspiring event!No stress at the start, all staff were friendly and supportive.
Alison
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2016
The whole race is just Amazing, from signing up, journey through training to the finish line and beyond it is the best athmosphere, organisation was brilliant, and the sheer spirit of everyone on the day, does not dissapoint, it will move you
Nikki
Star
4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2018
A 26.2 mile street party.This was the hottest London Marathon on record and for the most part the organisers coped well, though there were water stations running out of water when I passed through, so I dont know how slower runners fared.That aside, I dont think think there's another experience quite like it. The support along the course is phenomenal and keeps you motivated when you don't have anything left.If you're after a new marathon PB then this isn't the course for you, but if you're after a running experience that you will remember forever then I could not recommend it more.
Kelly
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
Amazing experience the best marathon o have ever done and would like to do more . Excellent organisation, great crowds and overwhelming atmosphere.
Paul
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
Best event I've ever taken part in, will quite happily run this marathon again. Would recommend to everyone
Diana
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2015
Best day of my life, it was amazing the crowds helped you along the way by cheering and encouraging you. I would do anything to run the wonderful London marathon again. I was emotional as I ran it in memory for my mother who had a stroke. I had injuries but I finished it for a wonderful lady who supported our men in the war. If you get a place enjoy it, and good luck to you all. It was well organised and the support from the charitys was amazing.
Vicky
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
You'd think the start would be chaos given the number of entrants but with different starting points it breaks the crowds somewhat. If you're looking at a time around 4 hours you can expect it to be busy around you for the entire race. The is obviously immense support around the entire course but try to look beyond the crowds. It's easy to miss major landmarks because it's just so busy(I didn't see cutty Sark!). Forget the playlist and soak it all up!
Ian
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2013
1st marathon, wow what an experience. Amazing support around the whole course. If I manage to do it again will aim to run 1st half faster, making most of the downhill route from Greenwich start.
Aran
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4.7
Did the London Marathon in 2018
Always excited to get involved in London races...best crowd to push you through to the finish line! Hi 5s all the way
Claire
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
My first and to date only marathon was London 2018. I had a charity place and was keen to do myself and Brain Research UK justice. Everything that came from VirginMoney was professional and clear. From the info about the expo to what to expect on the day. Regular email contact gave me reassurance about the unknown. Collecting my race number and bag in the few days before was unexpectedly brilliant. The whole experience gave a sense of occasion which is exactly what the marathon itself does on the day. My only comment about this was the location of the number collection, as excel is not central and a little more tricky to get to. I had not expected the journey to the start to be so memorable. Thousands of people with a single purpose making their way to Greenwich. There was an excitable, if slightly anxious atmosphere. The signs and organisation for each of the starts was really clear with marshalls everywhere happy to help. Bag drop worked perfectly and although there was a queue for the loo (always) it was a good opportunity to chat to others. The start is really well organised as you are told where to start - this manages the numbers by expected finish time. It did take a while to actually cross the start line but once on the course I could not have imagined the shear number of supporters and spectators. At times several deep, I cannot remember a place along the course where there wasn't cheering, clapping, offers of jelly babies and as it was a very hot day, cut oranges - heavenly! My race did not go to plan as (unknown to me at the time) I broke 3 bones and tore 2 tendons in my left foot really early on, but the crowd kept me going and I finished. The volunteers giving out medals and our bags treated everyone as though they had done something amazing even though they probably already seen and assisted 20,000 people when I came through. In terms of making your way from the finish line this is again very well organised considering the numbers of runners and supports trying to reunite. Be prepared for this to take some time. All in all, this was, apart from the birth of my son, the best experience I have ever had. The foot took a good while to heal but I have in the last hour applied for the London Marathon 2020.
Nadia
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2019
I was only a spectator, but I have to say it was fantastic! Well organised (Marshalls holding their own with one way systems etc) and very clear instruction. The course offered loads for runners and spectators alike, and atmosphere was incredible!!!!
James
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
Best marathon I have run so far great event great route and the people are amassing hoping to run it again
Alex
Star
5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
This is one of those races that everyone (whether or not you consider yourself a runner) should do at least once in their lifetime. It's London at its best, and there were people lining the sides of the course for the entire 26.2 miles. The atmosphere was absolutely awesome as a result. This was the first time I had run the London Marathon and it did not disappoint, I'll definitely be running it again. The start of the course through Greenwich is stunning, try not to go off too fast (I definitely did, and soon regretted it given how hot it was this year). Once you're the other side of Tower Bridge (half-way) it gets a little bleak, but once you get back to the river at mile 23, the pain becomes a lot easier to deal with! If you haven't done this race before, you have to do it!
Samuel
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
The best marathon in the world!Crazy atmosphere, there are people encouraging you every mile - flat and fast course as well so definitely a race you can PB in (that's if you get in through the lottery)
Leigh
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2016
A brilliant race i have completed a number of times and always look to do each year. A bucket list event for every runner
Darran
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2016
What an amazing experience! The people of London where amazing! Even when i had to stop i had people callimg my name eggimg me on.
Karl
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
Great experience would do it again
Fran
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2013
Best marathon in the world. Cant beat the sights and the crowd. Nice and flat too!
Ed
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2018
2018 was the hottest on record, which strangely made it the best as so many people came and supported in the sun! A largely flat course makes it possible to achieve your personal best. I'll definitely do it again, absolutely loved it!
Charlie
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
Great fun, well organised and just an all round epic day!
Sam
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5.0
Did the London Marathon in 2017
The ultimate. Well I'm yet to run Boston so probably can't say that yet but it was just incredible. London is my home and there is something incredibly special and uplifting about running through your home city on closed roads with the most incredible crowds. It was massively hot and lots of drop outs but aid stations were great and crowd saw most of us through. I think it's true of pretty much every big race but start in the wave 30mins before your actual target time. Problem is that's just going to make it worse but it really does slow your race down when there are so many people running on the racing line at 1 min/k slower than their wave suggests they should be. It's almost impossible not to end up running 1500m too far just weaving in and out if you're in the right wave for you. Other than that though just one of the ultimate races and I think it's an even better experience doing it for a charity so don't let a ballot failure put you off!
Did the London Marathon in 2018
Definitely wasn't prepared for the heat! I went out too hard and also got stuck behind a lot of other runners... lesson learned. But the atmosphere was incredible. The course was like this: loud out the blocks in Blackheath/Greenwich, then quieter around Woolwich, then loud again at Tower Bridge (halfway). Then it starts to get really hard at Canary Wharf (about 17/18 miles), where there are fewer crowds to push you on. As you approach the finish it kicks off again. Emabnkment, Charing Cross, Parliament Square, the Mall were all heaving, which was just as well as I was struggling by then! All in all though, it was incredible, and I will 100% be back again!
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Logistics and schedule

There are three Start Areas at the Virgin Money London Marathon – Red, Blue, and Green – and the colour of your running number indicates your Start Area. Each Start Area has eight zones – numbered 1 to 8 - and you will be informed of your Start Zone when you register at Expo.

The zone you have been allocated to is based on your predicted finish time when you entered. Please note: You cannot change your Start Area or move to an earlier Start Zone. However, if you think your predicted finish time is now too fast, you will be allowed to join a later Start Zone.

To make sure the start of your race goes smoothly, you just need to do the following:

  • Go to your correct Start Area
  • Drop off the kitbag you have been provided
  • Join your correct Start Zone
  • Follow the instructions of the marshals

Kitbags and baggage lorries

The PA systems at each start area will tell you when to put your kitbag onto the appropriate baggage vehicle in the start area.

You should hand your bag in at the lorry with the number range which corresponds to your running number. Staff on the lorries will only accept official Virgin Money London Marathon kitbags, so please ensure you have stuck your self-adhesive running number label to the kitbag where indicated.

You will then be able to retrieve your kitbag from the baggage lorries after you finish. Once you have deposited your kitbag on the lorry, you will not be able to retrieve your belongings until you arrive at the finish.

Spectators

Getting around

With all roads closed (visit our road closures page for more details), the only way to get around is by public transport. London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lay on extra services on Race Day, and this is by far the best way to get around.

Before setting off, you need to prepare – spectating isn’t quite as tough as marathon training but it still needs some thought:

Travel light – you will be standing for hours on end, so keep your belongings to a minimum and try and leave as many valuables as you can at home.

Comfortable clothes (especially shoes) are a must. You should be prepared for a typical April day in London – sun, showers and wind.

It’s busy! If you are a regular commuter, think rush hour. If not, think what it’s like when you attend a concert or festival. You will often have to queue and some stations may be forced to shut temporarily while staff clear the crowds.

Expect to do lots of walking, including stairs and escalators – you should think carefully before bringing young children; pushchairs can also be troublesome.

Places to avoid

If you want to follow your loved ones and try to get a glimpse of them as they pass, it is suggested that you avoid very crowded areas, where it can be difficult to find a viewing spot, hard to move around and tough to get in and out.

Busy areas include Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark. While the ship is undoubtedly a beautiful backdrop for the race, the crowds that are attracted here can make spectating uncomfortable and transport in and around Greenwich becomes particularly busy.

Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the finish in The Mall. Obviously many of you will eventually end up in this area later on in the day as you head to the runner meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road.

Runner meet and greet area

It can be very busy, so please take note of the following advice. There will be meeting points in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade with areas marked by letters of the alphabet – meet at your family initial or at another pre-arranged letter.

Please meet your runner at one of these meeting points. DO NOT congregate around the exit from the secure area at the top of Horse Guards Road. This causes massive congestion for exiting runners as well as other health and safety issues for the large numbers of people in this area. Both the Police and our security personnel are under strict instructions not to allow people to congregate here and to move them along.

Heavy mobile phone traffic on all networks means you may find it difficult to get a signal in and around the finish area. Therefore, do not rely on mobile phones but plan where to meet in advance.

Runners are more likely to run slower than their predicted time. After crossing the Finish Line it will take a minimum of 15 minutes and closer to 30-40 minutes to reach the runner meet and greet area. Remember to build these factors into your arrangements when planning to meet your runner.

And finally...

Make sure you have the details of your runner’s race number. It is the easiest way for the organiser's information point to identify them on the database.

Volunteers

The Virgin Money London Marathon receives incredible volunteer support and there are approximately 6,000 volunteers who join the team and play a crucial role in the delivery of the event.

If you're interested in signing up then follow the link here:

https://lets-do-this.typeform.com/to/jcfjO1LA#eventid=20432

How to get there

Great Cross Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8QY, UK

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By Train

The easiest way to get to the three start areas (Blue Start, Red Start and Green Start) is to travel by train.

Blue Start or Good For Age runners should travel to Blackheath station.

Red Start runners should travel to either Greenwich station or Maze Hill station.

Green Start runners should travel to Maze Hill station.

Travel on all of the above trains is free to competitors. You must present your running number to a member of staff at the station in order to take advantage of this offer. To begin planning your journey by train before you receive your Final Instructions magazine, please visit Southeastern, National Rail or Transport for London.

By Car

Competitors are advised not to to travel by car, but if there is no other alternative you should remember the following:

Roads in the area will close at 07:00, with local diversions in operation in the Greenwich, Charlton and Deptford areas. There is limited parking available in Blackheath

If you intend to leave your car at the start, you will need to retrieve it after the event once you have reached the finish in The Mall. There is NO parking in the vicinity of the finish.

What happens at the finish line:

After you have collected your belongings, you should move away from the baggage lorry area as quickly as possible. Please leave the secure area via the designated exit point only.

There is a runner meet and greet area where you will be able to meet your friends and family at one of the meeting points on The Mall and in Horse Guards Roads and Horse Guards Parade. These meeting points will be marked with letters of the alphabet, so you can arrange to meet at your family initial or another pre-arranged letter.

International runners have their own dedicated meet and greet area in The Mall, close to Admiralty Arch.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How do I enter the London Marathon?
The majority of runners apply for the London Marathon by entering the ballot, with a 4% chance of getting in. If you don't get in through the ballot, you can run for a charity, for which there are about 15,000 places. You can also get a good-for-age place, details of which can be found here: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/faqs/
FAQ
At what time does the London Marathon start?
The mass start of the London Marathon starts at 10:10 am on race morning
FAQ
What is the cut-off time for the London Marathon?
The cut-off time for the London Marathon is 7 hours. You can continue running after this time, but you will have to run on the pavement, as roads will reopen, and you will not receive a finisher's medal.
FAQ
Where can I find results for the London Marathon?
Results for the London Marathon can be found here https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/event-info/race-results/
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