It’s time for an annual reminder of just how out-of-shape we are. The Virgin London Marathon hits the streets of London this coming Sunday, April 22.
The race starts at Greenwich Park, covering 26.2 miles up to its grand finish at the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of the Queen peeking out on the runners as they hit the finish line. Okay, maybe not, but we can dream. With about 35,000 runners expected to take part, there’d be plenty of royal waves to keep Her Majesty busy.
The Marathon hits many of the city’s major landmarks, from Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge to the House of Parliament and St. James’ Park. Tune in via BBC1 or pop on down to cheer on the marathon runners in all their glory. We’ve been scouting out the route with this nifty little map.
A three mile Mini Marathon will also be taking place for the younger athletes aged 11 to 17. This shorter route runs from Old Billingsgate to The Mall, with start times beginning at 8.55am. Virgin has organised a convenient map of the Mini Marathon as well. Scout recommends nabbing a spot early, if planning to watch along this route. The Mini Marathon course overlaps with the end of the 26.2 mile big-hitter, allowing spectators to catch both age groups if you stick around for long enough.
In typical London tradition, the early forecast predicts showers for the Sunday events. Pack an umbrella and pick up some tea or coffee for takeaway to warm yourself up on the sidelines.
Pick up a free copy of Scout London starting Tuesday April 17 for our top tips on how to make the most of the 2012 Marathon.