London Marathon

The 2018 London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 22. The public ballot will take place from May 1, 2017 to May 5, 2017. Enter here. For race highlights, restaurant suggestions, things to see and do while visiting London for the marathon, please read my article: Highlights of the Abbott World Marathon Majors: Tokyo, Boston and London. If you want more information on how to gain entry into the London Marathon, read this article How to Gain Entry Into an Abbott World Marathon Major. And for my top 5 recommended places to visit while your in London for the marathon, click here: 5 Places to Visit in London Before the Marathon. 

Below is the 2017 course map. Here is a great guide for the London Marathon by Time Out. 

WHERE TO STAY: I stayed at the St. George Hotel

 

London marathon

Since its inaugural running in 1981, the London Marathon has developed a global reputation for its fast, record-setting course. Each year the London Marathon hosts representatives from more than 50 countries to compete on this world stage. Elite runners compete for a portion of £150,000, while the fairly flat, city landscape and spring climate combine to provide the best backdrop for posting records – personal, national and world. Visit virginmoneylondonmarathon.com for more information.

The 2012 London Marathon. I was just about to finish after passing Buckingham Palace! 

The 2012 London Marathon. I was just about to finish after passing Buckingham Palace! 

One big party

The London Marathon was my 2nd World Marathon Major and 3rd marathon. It was one big party! I loved every minute of it! Most people run for charity and most people wear outrageous costumes! Londoners come out to cheer. They bring candy and all sorts of treats. They crowd the course and give you lots of love! They might even offer you a beer from their couch! 

At the finish line!!

At the finish line!!