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The TCS London Marathon is one of the world’s greatest marathons, accepting 55,000+ entries a year and broadcast live on television in over 200 countries around the world. Undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar for any runner and not one to be missed!
One of the world's largest and most prestigious running events with an unrivaled atmosphere of 40,000 runners.
Classic route on closed roads featuring the Cutty Sark, The Shard and Tower Bridge.
One of six of the largest and most-renowned marathons in the world.
The only UK marathon to be recognised as a World Athletics Elite Road Race.
£1 billion raised since it began!
The TCS London Marathon Running Show takes place in the days leading up to Marathon Day, commencing Wednesday and ending Saturday.
The Running Show is where participants must go prior to Marathon Day to collect their all-important event pack, which includes their running number.
The event also gives people the chance to find out all the key information for Marathon Day, learn more about the TCS London Marathon and listen to guest speakers including some of the athletes competing for victory at this year’s event. There are also opportunities to shop and book a massage ahead of the big day.
You'll be able to pick up a wealth of information and advice to help you prepare for your 26.2-mile adventure.
You'll also be able to browse and buy running accessories and souvenirs from more than 100 exhibitors from the health and fitness industry – everything from retro headbands and the latest GPS devices to New Balance’s exclusive range of TCS London Marathon products.
You can pick up a wealth of marathon-related information and advice from a packed line-up of speakers including elite runners, celebrity guests and industry experts.
The closest station to the TCS London Marathon Running Show is Custom House DLR.
The classic point-to-point London Marathon route has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981 and encompasses many of the capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new, from Blackheath past Buckingham Palace to The Mall.
Your 26.2-mile challenge begins at one of the three Start Lines – Blue, Green or Red – near Blackheath in Greenwich.
Greenwich became the centre of world time in 1884, when the Meridian Line in Greenwich Park was chosen as the world clock’s neutral point from which all time zones are measured from.
More than a century later, the world watches every year as thousands of runners begin their race against the clock from the centre of the Earth.
A klaxon sound rings out to start the journey!
Soak up the roar of the crowd!
Now synonymous with the London Marathon, Cutty Sark had a previous life as a clipper ship transporting alcohol and tea between the UK and China.
The ship was moved to a dry dock in Greenwich in 1954 and despite a devastating fire in May 2007, it was restored to its former glory. The atmosphere around Cutty Sark is electric on Marathon Day, as it is one of the most popular sections of the course for spectators.
Standing at 309.6 metres (1,016 feet) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the UK, the fifth-tallest building in Europe and the newest landmark on the London Marathon route.
Officially opened in February 2013, runners in the London Marathon have been able to see the Shard from Tower Bridge since the glass-clad pyramidal tower started appearing on the skyline in 2010.
Perhaps the most famous landmark on the route, Tower Bridge provides an unbeatable backdrop, showcasing the capital in all its splendour.
Built between 1886 and 1894, the bridge offers millions of viewers from around the world an amazing view of you and thousands of other runners crossing the River Thames from south to north just before the halfway point in the marathon.
Overcome the 'Wall' like a hero!
Embrace the final mile then take in the atmosphere as you head down The Mall to the finish line!
London Marathons Events inspires and delivers innovation in mass participation event sustainability. The Green Line below show some of the key initiatives put in place for the London Marathon:
Participants can use the Official London Marathon app to gain access to event day and race week information. Spectators can use it to find and track runners during the race, keep track of split times, view results and more - all via the mobile app.
Charity runners receive a wealth of extra training and fundraising support from their charities. See the fundraising section for more details.
The TCS London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world! Since 1981 when it began, participants have raised more than £1 billion for good causes.
Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event.
Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:
Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in, particularly when the minimum requirement is high. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.
Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey!
When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.
When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!
Many charities will provide refreshments and a post-race sports massage for their runners, particularly at larger events. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.
You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.
Securing a charity place involves applying to one of the charities which have purchased places in the event. Your application may be accepted straight away or the charity may select runners with the highest fundraising potential based on your connection with the cause. If your application is accepted, you will pay a registration fee (usually in the region of £50-£100). You will be required to fundraise for that charity (usually in the region of £1500 to £2500).
Runners who have entered the ballot may also apply for a charity place. If you find you are successful in the ballot your charity place will be passed to someone else. If you would like to avoid the stress of the ballot and guarantee yourself a place in the event you can secure a charity place instead.
Running the London Marathon and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?
This event operates a 'ballot' as there aren't enough places for everyone. This means that you put your name in the 'hat' and the lucky ones are drawn at random - just like the National Lottery.
The ballot for the 2024 event opened 9am Saturday 22 April 2023 and stayed open until 9pm Friday 28 April 2023.
The results of the 2024 ballot will be emailed to all entrants by the end of June 2023.
If your name is drawn - you have been successful in the ballot and you have a place in the London Marathon.
If your name is not drawn - you have not been successful in the ballot and you do not have a place in the London Marathon. If you have been unsuccessful in the ballot, securing a charity place is the top option.
Each year you have the opportunity to try your luck in the ballot which stays open for seven days. Runners who have entered the ballot may also apply for a charity place. If you find you are successful in the ballot your charity place will be passed to someone else. If you would like to avoid the stress of the ballot and guarantee yourself a place in the event you can secure a charity place instead.
Securing a charity place involves applying to one of the charities which has purchased places in the event. Your application may be accepted straight away or the charity may select runners with the highest fundraising potential based on your connection with the cause. If your application is accepted, you will pay a registration fee (usually in the region of £50-£100). You will be required to fundraise for that charity (usually in the region of £1500 to £2500).
A carbon offset levy is applied to international ballot entries, which is the reason the entry fee is more expensive than for UK runners.