The Virgin London Marathon was first held on 29th March 1981 and is now shown on television in more than 150 countries around the world. There have been nearly 1 million runners who have taken part in the race.
A fast and flat course that starts in Blackheath. Runners head east through Charlton and Woolwich for 3 miles before turning west and passing the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich after 6 to 7 miles.
The route continues over the River Thames via Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands and then along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace.
I must say having run 16 marathon's in London this is very special as every year I look forward to running the marathon in London (A) the London marathon is faultless - great organization one of the best race's in the world The atmosphere is spectacular the spectators pull you along the great streets of London one big street party l must say any one who wants to run a marathon run this one next year as your have the time of your life from start to finish one truly marathon major. I must say thank you ðŸ˜Š to the london marathon Ltd for a truly magical marathon see you all again nexted year.
This race lived up to all expectations as one of the best marathons in the world! It was my third, and by far the best. There was a buzz and excitment to the whole day which I haven't experienced anywhere else, right from the tube ride to the start in the morning to the celebratory meal in the evening! The race itself was supported along the entire route, I got constant shouts from strangers having had my name put on my top (I can recommend it!) and the sights along the way made for a spectacular experience.
The first half flew by, I got to Tower bridge before I knew it, the streets were by now packed with people and I felt like a celebrity as I flew over the bridge (I had to check my speed - the tendency is to get carried away with all the excitement!) There were drinks - water and/or Lucozade at regular intervals, and gels later on; I was never left wanting. It is said the second half is where a marathon really starts - and that was true of London too - but the constant cheering, bands, refreshments etc along the way got me through that second half in the best possible way.
The course is pretty flat which also helped and as an added bonus I saw my boyfriend at about mile 23 which gave me that extra boost I needed to keep on pushing to the finish line! The last mile (ish) along the Embankment was unbeatable - there was music, supporters lining the course 10+ deep, all shouting my name it seemed! My legs found the little bit of sprint I had left to take me to the finish line comfortably under 4 hours (a good three minutes to spare!) It was an amazing moment crossing the line with my arms aloft, followed shortly afterwards by strange mix of elation and anti-climax -
it was over! My medal was placed around my neck, I was handed a goody bag, and an extremely efficient bag-recovery later I was on my way to the family and friends meeting point (stopping for a few official photos on the way.)
The fun didn't stop there as after a bit of a convoluted walk back to our accommodation, a rest and a cold bath, we were on our way out again to celebrate! We had a lovely evening at Maxwell's in Covent Garden, which I can wholeheartedly recommend, they having made such a fuss of me for completing the marathon! All in all, the best marathon experience I have had to date, you'd be mad not to - get yourself in the ballot! :-)