Virgin Money London Marathon

It's the blue ribbon event of the London long distance running season with millions watching from the stands and on TV. Peter Gray reports.

-London's Best Events-
What: marathon run
When: 4th Oct 2020
Where: Central London

The Virgin Money London Marathon is a modern-day sporting institution with over 320,000 people applying to take part in the 2018 event alone! It is not hard to see the appeal as the marathon provides a great day out, whether participating or cheering from the sidelines.

In 2018, to make the event extra special, her Majesty The Queen was officially tasked with starting the event from her home at Windsor Castle. A special podium was constructed in the grounds of the castle and at precisely 10am on the morning of the 22nd April 2018, the Queen stepped onto the small stage and pushed a tiny button to signal the start of the race. This was the cue for the more than 40,000 competitors to begin their journey from the starting line in Blackheath to the finishing line in Central London.

The 2019 event promises to be even bigger with the public ballot already closed and huge demand for places once again. As usual, prospective runners have been lured by the chance of competing in one of the world’s most iconic races.

The Competition

The race has been lucky enough to have been graced by some of the world’s best athletes. People like Chris Powell (footballer) and Mo Farah are just two. Here, Olympic Gold Medallist Farah talks about this year’s race and his expected battle with World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge:

The Route

The route for the event will take the runners through South London, passing through Greenwich and Woolwich. The marathon will then enter North London, passing over Tower Bridge and past the impressive sight of the Tower of London. The final stretch of the run will take in many of London’s most iconic monuments including St Pauls and the Houses of Parliament before the event finally ends in The Mall. Here’s a video of the full route:

The Virgin Money London marathon has a history of attracting celebrities from the worlds of television, music and entertainment with the likes of DJ Chris Evans, Adam Woodyatt from EastEnders, presenter Jenni Falconer and Radio DJ Adele Roberts all participating in recent events.

EastEnders star Woodyatt took part in the event as a way of saying thank you to the Air Ambulance and Children’s Air Ambulance services which came to his families’ rescue when his son Sam was involved in a road traffic accident.

The Virgin Money London Marathon – Raising Money For Good Causes

This year the event will surpass the £1,000,000,000 mark for money raised for charity which is quite an achievement. Virgin have released the below video to say thank you:

The Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday the 4th of October 2020 at 10am. The race will once again begin in Blackheath and finish at The Mall.

For more information on the race, please visit the official site of the marathon:

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-London's Best Events-
What: marathon run
When: 4th Oct 2020
Where: Central London
Website: London Marathon