Cheer on the runners at the London Marathon

London, Greater London

One of the biggest events in April sees thousands of runners push their fitness levels to the max at the London Marathon.

This annual sporting extravaganza sees thousands of professional athletes and fun runners take to the streets of the capital, passing some of its most famous sites. Of course, running 26 miles (40km) is not everyone’s idea of ‘fun’, but we can assure you that watching other people do certainly is, and the atmosphere among the crowds lining the route is electric.

Head to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich at the seven-mile mark, where the runners weave their way onwards against a marvellous maritime backdrop. From here you can hop on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) across the Thames to Mudchute, where you’ll be in time to catch them again at the 17-mile mark too.

If you’re meeting friends and family who’ve made it to the finish, head to The Mall by St James’s Palace – or why not get away from it all and jump on the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the route spread out below.

The 2019 London Marathon takes place on 28 April. Entries for the 2020 event will open shortly afterwards; please check the website for more details.

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