Virgin Money London Marathon

London Marathon 2016London comes to life in spring, with bright sunshine and green spaces taking over from the subsiding winter chill. Besides occasional showers, spring is the time when most of the city parks are fully in bloom.

On 26-04-2016, London will witness sport enthusiasts take to the streets for a 26.2 mile Virgin Money London Marathon. It draws participants ranging from beginners to professional athletes.  It also attracts passionate joggers and costume wearing charity fundraisers.  Ever since its commencement in 1981, the event has held a Guinness World Record with respect to charity fundraising

The marathon also brings large groups of spectators cheering their favourite runners. A dedicated tracking page allows the supporters to monitor the course of their favourite runners as they cross designated turning points at regular intervals. The runners usually traverse along the Thames banks that are home to a large number of pubs. The official beverage partner for the event, London Pride pubs are among the most frequented by supporters as they cheer their favourite athlete with a pint in hand.

The busy event results in various road closures and diversions, some of the notable ones in the Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark.  The surrounding areas to Tower Bridge are also busy due to closeness to the finishing point.

London Underground, London Over ground and the Docklands Light Railways operate additional services on this day to ease passenger movements. The services are however diverted, which prompt forced detours, which consequently result in unexpected delays. Furthermore the mounting crowd may not be large group and kid friendly. Such inevitable instances can be overcome by a transfer in a comfortable London Minicab. They offer choice of vehicles based on passenger numbers, thereby making them comfortable even for large group transfers. Drivers’ familiarity with major routes ensures that a journey is completed with minimal discomfort.

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