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The London Marathon

Published: 20/04/2018 By Bianca Keating


As estate agents in West London we are always interested in events that take part in our area, however this weekend, although it’s not exactly local, we thought a mention for The London Marathon would make an interesting read as it is one of the biggest charity events in the world!

This weekend the annual London Marathon takes place, which has been running since 1981 and was thought up in a pub according to John Disley and the late Chris Brasher, co-founders of the London Marathon.  The two Olympians had heard a great deal about the buzzing atmosphere and support runners received at the New York Marathon compared to the British Marathons, so they decided to go and experience the event for
themselves.

Upon returning Brasher wrote an article for The Observer called ‘The World’s Most Human Race’. This transpired to be the catalyst and after a lot of deliberation with the Greater London Council, the police, the City of London, the Amateur Athletics Association and the London Tourist Board they finally received the go ahead from all governing bodies. Although this was not without conditions, particularly the GLC stating they would not finance the marathon. There was however a stroke of luck when Gillette gave up their sponsorship of cricket’s Gillette Cup and so were looking for a new association with a suitable venture and were advised to sponsor the London Marathon. So they did and that was when the wheels started to turn for the venture.

Hundreds of Thousands applicants apply to participate in the London Marathon and this year a massive 327,516 applied! 40,000 were accepted this year with thousands running for a charity whilst others will be running simply because they enjoy it although we can’t quite get our heads around running 26 miles for enjoyment!  The total amount raised for charity since The Marathon’s inception is an astonishing £890million. Last year a new world record was set with the 2017 marathon raising an incredible £61.6 million. The largest amount for an annual single day charity fundraising event! This is the eleventh successive year in which it has set this world record.

Her Majesty The Queen will be the official starter for the marathon, and will start the race at exactly 10am.  The race will be televised on BBC 1 from 8.30am until 2pm. The course starts at Greenwich and passes by many of London’s famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Big Ben and finally finishes with a sprint (well for some) up The Mall with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop.

The runners will be challenged this year as the temperatures are set to be one of the hottest since the marathon began.

One of the great things about living in London, particularly West London Fulham, Hammersmith and West Kensington are our amazing transport links, being able to jump on the tube and experience the marathon personally is something we can all do, and one I will personally be doing this year, to support a family member who is raising money for Princess Alice Hospice. There are various point for spectators to watch and it’s very easy to get to the spectators areas, which as it happens usually have a nice pub’s located nearby .  

If you need any advice on where to watch how to get there then please visit https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/  LawsonRutter would like to wish all of the runners good luck  and in particular

Elaine Keating – Brown!