The legendary London Marathon is back as 50,000 runners complete the 26.2 mile course.
The famous Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge attractions are among the best spots along the route.
Runners will work their way from Greenwich to Tower Bridge as they cross the River Thames.
And all that training and dedication pays off when runners arrive in Westminster and eventually turn off at Buckingham Palace towards the finish line on the Mall.
Here’s everything you need to know about the route for this year’s race.
When is this year’s race?
The 2022 London Marathon takes place on Sunday 2nd October. This will be the last time the iconic race will take place in Autumn before returning to next year’s Spring following a Covid-enforced hiatus.
8.30am: Mini London Marathon
8:50 a.m.: Elite Wheelchair Race
09:00: Elite Women’s Race
09:30: Elite Men’s Race and Mass Start
As seen on TV
The elite races and iconic mass participation event will be broadcast live on the BBC this Sunday, with coverage starting on BBC Two from 08:30 to 09:25 before switching to BBC One from 09:25 to 14:35 .
There will be a live stream available on iPlayer.
You can also follow full live coverage of both elite and mass participation races via our live blog.
Marathon World Records
Elite Men: 2 hrs 1 min 09 sec, Eliud Kipchoge, Berlin, September 2022.
For comparison, the average time for male runners is approximately 3 hours 48 minutes.
Elite Women: 2 hours 14 minutes 04 seconds, Brigid Kosgei, Chicago, October 2019.
While the average time for female runners is around 4 hours 23 minutes.
What is the latest weather forecast?
The forecast is currently showing sunshine with temperatures in the mid teens and a high of 18C as we pass midday.
What is the route?
The start is near Blackheath in Greenwich, at mile six runners pass the Cutty Sark and at mile 12 they see the Shard. The next milestone is at Mile 18 where participants will walk through Canary Wharf with the London Eye and Parliament at Mile 25.
Then the finish line is at The Mall by Buckingham Palace.
How is traffic affected?
There will be many road closures in the South East and central London from 4am to 7pm. London buses in central London and Greenwich will terminate early or take a diversion from 6.30am to 7.30pm and DLR will offer an alternative service until 5pm.
Both runners and spectators are also having to cope with the planned federal railway strike on Saturday, with trips now being postponed to Friday or those unable to arrive early being forced to drive.
Trains will start later in the morning and finish much earlier in the evening on Saturday, and much of the network will have no trains at all.
There will be no trains from London and a number of other major UK cities – including Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Brighton and Norwich.
The closest station to ExCeL London for runners to pick up and pack their bibs is Custom House, served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the Elizabeth Line. Services on both lines will run as usual.
There is also a high possibility of numerous protests. The group Just Stop Oil has outlined a two-day plan for protests in the capital, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging those involved to stay away from the 40,000 runners who are collectively raising £70million for charities, including some whose work on climate change helps .
“The London Marathon is about inspiring people to use their legs, to move — not use transportation — and it’s about raising funds for charity,” Brasher said. “We have taken appropriate measures, but we really hope that the race will not be disrupted.”
Where are the best vantage points?
Lively areas include Greenwich city center and the Cutty Sark. The ship provides a beautiful backdrop for the race but also brings with it the largest crowds, with the race encouraging spectators to avoid this area and find alternate locations.
The famous Tower Bridge is always bustling with crowds squeezing down both sides of the road from Mile 24 to the finish at The Mall.
Due to the nature of the course, Canary Wharf can be a good spot to meet runners at its most winding part, from Limehouse at Mile 14 down through South Quay, Crossharbour and Mudchute before going back through Canary Wharf and Poplar around Mile 20 to start the route to the finish line through Embankment along the Thames. This portion of the route gives spectators the opportunity to see the runners twice or more without having to travel long distances.
Tower Hill, Birdcage Walk, Isle of Dogs, Woolwich and Cutty Sark are five other destinations where you can get a good view of the race and some of London’s landmarks.
You can meet the runners after the finish line at the meet and greet area on Horse Guards Road.
How can I participate in next year’s race?
You can secure a place at the 2023 London Marathon by taking part in the voting. Voting begins on Saturday, October 1st, one day before the 2022 edition of the race, and closes at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th. Election results will be announced before the end of October.
The cost of a place in the TCS London Marathon for successful UK runners is £49.99. You do not have to pay your entry fee when voting, but participants (UK residents) can donate their entry fee to the London Marathon Charitable Trust regardless of the outcome of the vote. If you’re not successful, the names of those who donated their fee to the London Marathon Charitable Trust will be entered into a ‘Lucky Loser’ draw, if you will, with an additional 2,000 places up for grabs. If you’re unlucky twice, you’ll receive a premium winter running top worth £70, a chance to win one of three starting pairs for an Abbott World Marathon Major, accommodation and flights included.
International runners pay £120 for a place in the TCS London Marathon, plus £26 carbon offset levy – find out more click here.
You can return here when the ballot opens to submit your entry for next year’s race.
Voting is random, while alternative options include applying for a spot to charity while awaiting the results of the voting. If you end up getting a voting spot and a charity spot, you can give your spot back to the charity and still raise funds for them as a self-slot runner.
|Joan Chelimo Melly||1.10|
|Sutume Asefa Kebede||16/1|
|Judith Jeptum Korir||18/1|
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/london-marathon-watch-route-spectators-b2188540.html London Marathon Course: Best Spectator Seats to Watch the 2022 Race