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The London Marathon

The London Marathon

-is an annual mass road running event over the distance of 42.195 kilometers (26.219 miles), which takes place in London, United Kingdom. It is one of the six World Marathon Majors. Established in 1981, the London Marathon has since become one of the most popular marathons, attracting participants and spectators from all around the world. Traditionally held in April, the marathon route winds through many of London's landmarks, such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, and many more."

"The London Marathon attracts both professional athletes and amateur runners. This event appeals not only to those aiming to beat their personal bests but also to those seeking to conquer the challenging distance and experience the festive atmosphere and support along the route.

Additionally, the London Marathon has a significant charitable component. Many participants raise funds for various charitable organizations, adding an extra layer of significance to the event."

"Every year, the London Marathon attracts thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators, creating a unique atmosphere of celebration, sportsmanship, and unity."

Interesting facts about the 2024 London Marathon:

The atmosphere surrounding the race is extremely exhilarating, and the city of London itself is one of the most popular destinations in the world thanks to its culture, landmarks, and everything else this area has to offer.

— Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir set a new world record in the women's marathon with a time of 2:16:16 at the 2024 London Marathon, adding the title to her list of achievements.

—London Marathon debutant Alexander Mutiso Munyao (2:04:01) withstood the challenge from the great Kenenisa Bekele and claimed the men's title.

— A total of 53,745 runners crossed the finish line, making this London Marathon the largest in history.

— The 2025 London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 27th.

Marathon route:
What's included
Your ticket price includes:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finisher T-shirt
  • Cash prize (first place)
  • Entrance to the marathon
  • Drinking stations
  • Health care
  • Toilets

Reviews about the marathon:

  • I hadn't run a standalone marathon in 5 years outside of Ironman races, so I didn't set any specific goals for myself. I simply aimed to finish, explore the city, and earn my medal. The special allure of this marathon lies in the legend that the marathon, from 40 kilometers to 42 kilometers 195 meters, was inspired by the British royal family. Allegedly, they wanted the marathon finish to be in front of Buckingham Palace, so an additional 2 kilometers 195 meters were added to the standard 40-kilometer distance. Whether this is true or not, such a legend exists.

    Like any top European marathon, everything here was top-notch, from the expo to the finish area. There's no need to describe it. The route passes by all the landmarks. It's a special thrill to run across the beloved Tower Bridge, which I remember from English textbooks in 5th grade. But here, during the marathon, it presents itself in a different light, with an incline and a cold headwind. Inside, I was cursing that darn bridge! For those planning to run it, I would advise dressing very warmly in the clothes you'll discard and never see again. You really need to wear a puffy jacket because +5°C in London is not the same as +5°C in Astana due to different humidity levels.

    Getting a slot for this marathon is very difficult, but I'm glad that in Kazakhstan, there's an agency called @4lmnts through which you can get a business class ticket to any major marathon!
  • I ran my third major marathon, the TCS London Marathon, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, London. Getting into it is not easy, as there are over 125,000 applicants, but only about 40,000 are selected. I was fortunate to be among them, thanks to, who specialize in running tourism and organizing trips to international races.

    On April 21, 2024, we started in Greenwich Park, divided into four zones due to the large number of participants. I started from the red zone, while there were also blue, yellow, and green zones. About 5 kilometers into the race, all runners from different zones merged and ran together.

    The London Marathon route is considered one of the flattest and fastest, but nonetheless, there were inclines and declines. Around 2 kilometers after starting from the red zone, there was a significant incline, similar to the one I felt when running on Tower Bridge. According to Strava, I had an elevation gain of 175 meters.

    I got to the starting point by taxi. The weather in the morning was sunny but cold, with a piercing wind. So, on top of my sports gear, I wore warm clothes, which I left at the starting area.

    The atmosphere at the marathon was festive, with support from spectators, acquaintances, and relatives cheering me on. Therefore, I didn't feel the cold during the run, and the temperature was comfortable for racing.

    During the marathon, participants run along the beautiful Thames River, past Big Ben, over Tower Bridge, and other famous landmarks of the capital of the United Kingdom, finishing at Buckingham Palace.
  • Overall, it's a really cool marathon, superb. I didn't regret it one bit and will recommend everyone to run this marathon. In terms of organization, it's standard. The city itself is beautiful, the track is gorgeous, and of course, the atmosphere was indescribable. I've never seen so many spectators. The track is definitely very beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful ones. I really enjoyed it. I think out of all the marathons I've done, this is one of the most vividly beautiful ones I've run.
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