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Published on : Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Every year, approximately 36,000 people run the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London.
Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity; and many run in outrageous fancy-dress. Previous years’ costumes have included a giant penguin, a London bus, Superman, and a slow-moving snail.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes.
Celebrities who have run the London Marathon in previous years include Princess Beatrice, Gordon Ramsay, Agyness Dean and Ronan Keating.
The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames through Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing the river on Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital’s famous landmarks, including the Coca Cola London Eye and the Tower of London, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.
With such vast and impressive scenery, it’s no wonder the organisers have dubbed it a “historical jog around London”.
The London Marathon was created after the former Olympic champion Chris Brasher returned from running the New York Marathon. He was so inspired by the sight of more than a million people from different cultures united by this one challenge, he felt London had to have its own marathon.
Each year, millions of people watch and cheer from street corners and London pubs. You could call it London’s 26.2-mile street party!