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Virgin Money London Marathon

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Location London, United Kingdom

Distance Marathon

Rescheduled to 04 Oct 2020

Previous date: 26 Apr 2020

About Virgin Money London Marathon

The London Marathon has been one of the most beloved events worldwide for more than three decades. Touting participation rates around 36,000, runners crowd the streets of downtown London as they race to the end of the 26.2-mile race course. Not only just to challenge themselves, most of the runners compete for their favorite charity or to raise funds for those in need.A marathon that is characterized by crazy costumes, everything goes, which is why it is such a huge attraction for both runner and spectator alike. From Batman to Superman, super elite athletes to beginners get in on the fun by making themselves stand out and not being too serious in the face of competition. 

Officially named the Virgin Money London Marathon, it is open to anyone who is willing to put themselves out there, train, and race toward the finish line.The route runs directly through the city center, hitting Thames, Blackheath and Greenwich along the way, which makes it the perfect way to see London for the first time all on foot. Other famous sites along the way are Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the London Eye.Termed the “historical jog around London”, people from all over the globe participate in this fantastic event. Created by Christ Brasher, a winner of the New York Marathon, its mission was to unite the world in running while running for any cause that people wanted. Raising millions of dollars every year, it not only produces some of the most accomplished athletes, but it also helps people around the world who need support and money.


Virgin London Marathon

  • 42.195km

Virgin Money London Marathon Route Map

Virgin Money London Marathon Route Map


Three starts: Greenwich Park, St John's Park and Shooter's Hill Road



James Palace



The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames through Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing the river on Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital's famous landmarks, including the Coca Cola London Eye and the Tower of London, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. Other sites found along the route are: Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark drydocked, Canary Wharf,  Big Ben and James's Palace.


The course begins at three separate points: the 'red start' in southern Greenwich Park on Charlton Way, the 'green start' in St John's Park, and the 'blue start' on Shooter's Hill Road. From these points around Blackheath at 35 m (115 ft) above sea level, south of the River Thames, the route heads east through Charlton. The three courses converge after 4.5 km (2.8 miles) in Woolwich, close to the Royal Artillery Barracks.As the runners reach the 10 km mark (6.2-mile), they pass by the Old Royal Naval College and head towards Cutty Sark drydocked in Greenwich. Heading next into Surrey Quays in the Docklands, and out towards Bermondsey, competitors race along Jamaica Road before reaching the half-way point as they cross Tower Bridge.

 Running east again along The Highway through Wapping, competitors head up towards Limehouse and into Mudchute in the Isle of Dogs via Westferry Road, before heading into Canary Wharf.As the route leads away from Canary Wharf into Poplar, competitors run west down Poplar High Street back towards Limehouse and on through Commercial Road. They then move back onto The Highway, onto Lower and Upper Thames Streets. Heading into the final leg of the race, competitors pass The Tower of London on Tower Hill. In the penultimate mile along The Embankment, the London Eye comes into view, before the athletes turn right into Birdcage Walk to complete the final 352 m (385 yards), catching the sights of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and finishing in The Mall alongside St. James's Palace. This final section of the route formed part of the 2012 Olympic Marathon Course.

Virgin Money London Marathon Trivia

The London Marathon is one of the top five International marathons. Established in London in 1921, it was originally designed for the 1908 London Olympics The London Marathon is a festival that is more than just a sporting event. It draws quite a spectacular crowd annually.

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