If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon
Emil Zatopek, Olympic Gold Medallist
On your marks
Held every spring since 1981, the London Marathon sees the streets of the capital fill with cheering spectators, as over 40 000 runners test their endurance on the 26.2 mile course.
Those tackling this popular, annual event range from elite athletes from around the world to the general public – many of whom are raising money for good causes. In 2017 the event raised an incredible £61.5 million, setting the world record for the amount of money raised for an annual single day charity fundraising event. The Charity of the Year for 2018 is the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Watch the river of runners flow past famous London landmarks including Greenwich Park, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge – finishing with a final sprint (or stumble) up the Mall.
Whether you are taking your place at the start line or among the supporting crowds, you are sure to get swept up in the energy of this special day.
If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon
Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967
22 April 2018
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