Head for London this spring to watch one of the greatest Marathon races in the world when 40,000 runners pound the streets of London in a bid to make it to the finishing line outside Buckingham Palace.
The London Marathon is an extremely grueling race. It has been run every year since 1981 and has become extremely popular with runners and spectators. More people apply to take part in the race than there are available spaces – in 2018, there were applications from 253,930 people ranging from beginners to professional athletes. Among the successful entrants were top runners like Sir Mo Farah, Kenensia Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge. Given that they are among the fastest runners in the world, it looks set to be a dramatic race. It generally takes top runners around two hours to complete the 26.2 mile course.
There are plenty of places where you can go to watch the race while a resident at Best Western Palm Hotel London. By far the most popular spots are at the start and finish. The race begins in Greenwich Park, on a site high above the river Thames and ends many miles further west, outside Buckingham Palace.
When the runners leave Greenwich Park, they go eastwards to Blackheath before making the turn that leads them back into London via Bermondsey. The route takes them over the iconic Tower Bridge, then out to Docklands and round the Isle of Dogs before returning via the Tower of London and heading through the streets of London to the Mall and their final destination, Buckingham Palace.
All along the route, well wishers cheer on the runners, providing encouragement and support. Almost everyone eventually finishes, even though it might take quite a long time. Last year, one guy, dressed as a gorilla, sought to raise awareness and funds for the Gorilla Organization. He crawled the entire way. It took him six days, but he succeeded and raised a massive £23,900 for his charity. Everyone was stopping to wish him well and encourage him on through those last days when the race had been long over for every other runner.
The atmosphere is always enthusiastic, laughing, cheering and supportive. Many runners add a touch of extra fun to their efforts, by dressing up in costume especially if they are seeking to raise awareness and funds for a charity. Among the costumes that have been during previous London Marathons are superheroes, a London Bus, a giant shoe and countless animals. Make your stay more engaging by booking a stay at any of the hotels in Cricklewood London.
Keep a watch for celebrities too among the runners. It can become a game of ‘spot the famous face’ among the great mass of runners as they fly past. Among the many runners who have taken part in previous years are Gordon Ramsey, Chris Evans and even a member of the Royal Family, Princess Beatrice.
Make sure to book a stay at budget hotels near Wembley Stadium that can save your money and also help take the stress out of your big day