The London Marathon course is 26.2 miles long and is a relatively flat and fast course. It starts in Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes through Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along The Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace.
As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. One of the dominant images of the event is thousands of runners tramping the streets to raise money for hundreds of charitable causes, many in fancy dress hoping to stand out as rhinos, football team mascots, giant trees, waiters and escaped convicts. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a charity and a third of all places are offered by charitable organisations with guaranteed entries.
Last year 47 fantastic runners ran on behalf of Farleigh Hospice and raised £85,000. Call the Events Team on 01245 457408 for more information. We have a ‘Marathon Mentor’ who has organised training runs for our runners for a number of years. The sessions are a great way for everyone to get together for their training and to calm any nerves! Our mentor also provides ongoing training support and advice, drawing on over 10 years of running experience including 7 London Marathons.
For an application form click HERE