This Sunday April 23rd, around 39,000 people will descend upon London to participate in what will surely be one of the best and worst days of their life. In its 36th year, the Virgin Money London Marathon will once again be demanding participants to take to the 26.2 mile course, winding through the eastern and central areas of the city. Having raised over £59.4 million in 2016, the event is likely to once again be a huge event for those looking to raise both money and awareness for a cause close to their heart.
The Marathon: A Moment in History
The modern marathon is based on the tale of the Greek soldier Pheidippides who ran from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens in order to bring the news of the Persians defeat. As legend has it, upon delivery of his news the man keeled over dead! Thankfully this aspect of the story is not a part of the modern incarnation, and every year hundreds of thousands of people participate in these events across the world. The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the world having been first run in 1897, while New York is the largest with over 50,000 completing the course every year.
This Year in London
For those participating or spectating at this year’s London marathon, you can expect to catch a glimpse of a few of the spectacular landmarks that are dotted along the course. Watch out for:
- The Cutty Sark
- Tower Bridge
- Canary Wharf
- The Tower of London
- The Shard
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- The London Eye
- The Houses of Parliament
- Buckingham Palace
For anyone hoping to have some first-hand experience of the atmosphere on race day, be warned that several spots along the 26.2 mile route can become incredibly congested with people. The starting point in Greenwich is obviously full of race officials and runners. The Cutty spark is also a perennial favourite with spectators but does not afford a lot of space, so expect crowds. Similarly, the historic final straight down the Mall and around Buckingham Palace is always a hugely popular spot for people hoping to show support and find their loved ones. Tower Bridge is also likely to be heavily busy with people.
The team at Sixt would like to wish both those running and spectating at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon the absolute best and hope it is a great day for all. Good luck everyone!