The London Marathon is one of the most anticipated annual events for active runners in London. The next Marathon will take place on 26 April 2020. The long-distance race is part of the World Marathon Majors. The first race took place on 29 March 1981 with the event being sponsored by Richard Branson’s Virgin Money. So much preparation goes into being physically and mentally fit for running a marathon. Here is what you need to know about the upcoming Marathon.
Runners wishing to take part in the 2020 London Marathon will need to make sure that they register with the World Marathon Majors after which there will be a selection process to see if they qualify. As of October 2019 runners anticipating to take part would have already known if they are successful in the ballot selection.
The next step after finding out if you have been successful is to gear up and start the training process. It is advisable to begin training at least 16 weeks before the race. A training manager will assist you with timekeeping and eating the right foods to make sure that you have all the nutritional requirements for the challenge ahead. Always consult your doctor before engaging in any sports or physical activities.
Once the nutrition is out of the way, you will need to make sure that you arrive at the starting point at least an hour before the race. For people who live outside of London, you can book a comfortable stay that will allow you to rest at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch rooms.
Times and Location
The Marathon will take place in the heart of London with various starting points and starting times depending on your fitness level. At the end of the race, runners will be greeted by a Horse Guard at Tower Bridge in the borough of Westminster. Most runners will commence at 10 am while other groups will start at the following times:
8:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon Cup Ambulent Races
09:15 – The Elite Women’s Race
10:00 – Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race.
You will need to take note of which category you fall under, and there will be colour coded categorisation for when you will start with the race.
Visitors and spectators will need to take note of the various road closures in the city. In the time close to the marathon, details of which roads will be closed will be updated online. The best way to avoid any inconveniences, though, is to make sure that you are near all the major public transport routes. That way, you’ll be able to avoid at least some traffic.
Hotels near Shoreditch Station offer a great base to be close to the tube as well as the Shoreditch high street shops, restaurants and pubs. A preferred option for those looking to escape the hassle of commuting to other boroughs is to be centrally located where everything is within walking distance.