40,000 to take ‘historical jog around London’ in 2018 marathon
Queen Elizabeth will be the official starter when more than 40,000 runners take to the streets for the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April — whether to challenge themselves, put on a good show in outrageous costumes, raise money for charity — or all of the above.
Some 327,516 UK residents applied for a coveted spot in the pack for what many consider the world’s top marathon — endearingly dubbed “a historical jog around London.” The route covers 26.2 miles dotted with iconic sites including the Tower Bridge and Tower of London, Big Ben, and concluding at Buckingham Palace.
Known officially as the “Virgin Money London Marathon,” the event attracts a field of elite runners and celebrity participants. Part of the fun for the millions of spectators who line the route to shout encouragement from sidewalks, pubs and cafés is to see the outfits, which have included everything from formal wear to superhero and animal costumes, to a giant London bus.
There are actually four races in one, with the wheelchair division launching at 8:55 a.m. and the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulance races starting at 9 a.m. The Elite Women’s Race starts at 9:15 a.m., with the Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race beginning at 10 a.m.
For the past 11 years, the marathon has set a new one-day fundraising record, pulling in £61.5 million last year alone. When this year’s donations are tallied, the total should be pushing the £1 billion mark since 1981.
Our helpful porters at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation will help get you to a choice spot to watch the spectacle pass by.