While you may not fancy running more than 26 miles around the city of London, you may still be keen to join the cheering crowds for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
The 2018 London Marathon will be running the streets of the capital, and whether you’re going to support family and friends or to experience the fancy dress fundraisers – this can be an enjoyable day out.
Anatomic & Co has put together a complete spectators guide so that you don’t miss out on the action.
What is the London Marathon?
The London marathon is a 26.2 mile race around the streets of London that attracts professionals, celebrities and some truly impractical outfits. The race attracts just as many spectators as participants with a truly remarkable atmosphere.
The 38th edition of the race will see the Queen herself starting the event – but over at Windsor Castle.
The marathon starts south of the Thames at Blackheath and passes through Greenwich before crossing the river over Tower Bridge. It then continues through central London before finishing in glory in front of Buckingham Palace.
Hotspots for spectators
The Start: Greenwich – the marathon will begin between Greenwich and Blackheath. It’s worth noting that although the Queen is opening this year’s London Marathon, she’ll be pushing the ‘start’ button from the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Mile 12-13: Tower Bridge – if you make it early enough, you’ll be able to photograph your favourite costumes as they speed past the iconic bridge.
Mile 17: Canary Wharf – a prime spot if you’re bringing children along
The final stretch: Mile 25-26 – cheer the runners as they cross the finish line.
Date and start times
This 2018 marathon takes place on Sunday April 22.
08:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
09:15 – The Elite Women’s Race
10:00 – The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race
As always don’t forget your shoes
A day where you’ll be on your feet from start to finish always calls for a comfortable pair of shoes. We recommend wearing a pair that is both comfortable and stylish – so if you’re planning to head to the pub or grab a bite to eat you – your shoes will carry you there with sophisticated comfort.
Smart trainers or Casual boots can help you make this transition, whilst keeping your feet happy.