10,000 runners will be lining up to take part in the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon this Sunday 25 March. We share the inside track on why it’s set to become one of the most popular mass participation events on the running calendar.
A unique event
The London Landmarks Half Marathon is the brainchild of baby charity Tommy’s. More than 100 charities will benefit from the fundraising proceeds of the event, which shows commitment to helping not just Tommy's, but other worthy causes too.
The clue is in the name
Noticing a gap in the market, Tommy’s researched what makes London so special and naturally the capital's much-loved landmarks took precedence.
Both competitors and spectators are in for a huge treat this Sunday. Starting on the iconic Pall mall, runners will pass Nelson’s Column, make a quick crossing of the Thames before looping back past St Paul’s Cathedral and into the City.
Landmarks feature highly on the course with the Bank of England, the Cheese Grater and The Gherkin all within sight. A three mile sprint past the Tower of London and on to a rousing finish near Downing Street ends an exciting and unique race.
The fun continues
The London Landmarks Half is more than just a race, it’s a celebration of London’s rich history. With 40,000 spectators set to line the route, the organisers wanted to make the event an exciting and informative experience for runners and spectators alike, which is why it’s set to be a half marathon like no other.
No stone has been unturned in bringing London’s grand, quirky and hidden gems to life. Here’s a taster of what’s in store on Sunday:
The start: The bowler hat send off to celebrate Britain's quintessential headwear as the runners leave The Mall is not to be missed.
Mile 4: Experience the famous Bow Bells as they ring proudly out at mile number four – ear plugs at the ready!
Mile 5: Race organisers have partnered with the Museum of London to bring family-focussed activities to life at mile five, including Archaeological tours of the Amphitheatre Museum, performances of Gladiator fighting and Centurion soldier drills!
Mile 7: Celebrate 100 years of the Suffragist movement with a full-scale pageant, no less.
Historic finish: Cheer the runners across the finish line on Whitehall, where various historical figures including Henry VIII will be handing out medals to triumphant finishers.
With over nine historical and cultural activities, 125 cheer stations, 25 musical performances, two music stages and lots more to see en route, the London Landmarks Half has something for everyone and promises to be a great day out for all the family.
The 2018 event is now sold out, but you can pre-register for information about the 2019 event at llhm.co.uk. Good luck to everyone taking part this Sunday! Don't forget to come back and tell us how it went.