London Marathon 2015

London Marathon also known as the Virgin Money London Marathon is scheduled to happen on 26th April 2015. This 26-mile marathon across the streets of London will run along the River Thames, pass through some of the iconic spots in London and will end at The Mall. Participants of the event run for several reasons including love for the sport, raising awareness for a charitable cause, athletes who consider it a chance for training and fitness and so on. The event has over 30,000 participants and also attracts thousands of spectators from across the country.

History of London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon is not the first-of-its-kind in London and has been inspired by a number of similar events from the early 20th century. Journalist Chris Basher and John Disley, an enduring athlete were the people behind the idea for this event. Brasher who attended the New York marathon in 1979 was greatly moved by the union of diverse people for this particular event. He was awe-struck to realise how the human community can join hands for a harmonious cause leaving behind all differences. He now wanted to replicate the event in London. After months of analysing the possibilities of staging a marathon in London, he successfully implemented the plan in March1981.

Watching the Marathon

The event this year is going to be undoubtedly jam-packed with people of all kind. However, there are some smart vantage points that can help people grab a view or two of their favourite runners. The Cutty Sark, located at only 6 miles from the start point is a good place to watch the event. The Tower Bridge and the Canary Wharf are good points to watch the marathon beyond the 10 mile mark. Some spectators can also take the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to the Isle of Dogs to watch the runners at the 17 mile mark. The final lapse of the marathon passes through the Big Ben and Buckingham Palace and for those who wish to celebrate the winning moments of the marathon, there is The Mall for ticket holders only.

A Marathon is….

A marathon is not just an event of sports. Marathon symbolises fortitude, strength and the power of togetherness. To be a part of this excellent event, arrive early at the mentioned vantage points and cheer the participants.

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