The 2020 London Marathon has been postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in the history of the race. Now celebrating its 40th race, the day of the London Marathon is a highlight of the capital’s sporting calendar. Drawing over 40,000 runners in 2019 – along with numerous spectators who flocked to watch their friends, family members, and the exhilarating finish on the Mall – this year’s landmark edition of the famous race is likely to be even bigger.
At the classic length of 26.2 miles, the London Marathon is an astounding feat of endurance for everyone involved. As in past marathons, the Wheelchair Race and the Elite Men and Women’s races will be kicking off the day. This year, long-distance running legends Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele will face off in the Elite Men’s race, while world record holder Brigid Kosgei is among the strong line up of the Elite Women’s contestants. Later, the Mass Start will see thousands of runners take to the streets following months of gruelling training for the big day. Joining them for the 40th Race are a handful of famous faces, including ex-England footballers turned BBC pundits Stephen Warnock and Karen Carney, Strictly’s Giovanni Pernice, and Candice Brown, winner of the 2016 Great British Bake Off.
As well as an incredible sporting achievement, the London Marathon is one of the best ways to raise money for charity, either through running or sponsoring. Consequently, previous years have seen tens of thousands of pounds raised for charities of all kind, including Action Against Cancer and Hospice UK. If you want to run the 2020 marathon for a charity, you can find out more here.
Sunday 4 October 2020
Starting from Blackheath in Lewisham, the marathon continues through Greenwich, Deptford, Canary Wharf and much of East London, passing the Tower and Blackfriars. The finish line is by Buckingham Palace on the Mall, after runners have passed St. James’s Park and the Houses of Parliament.
All information on how to enter the 2020 London Marathon (through the ballot, charities and other programmes) can be found on virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
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