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Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017
Every year, more than 38,000 people run the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London, with 253,930 people from the UK applying for a place in the 2017 marathon.
The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames starting at Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing the river on Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Tower of London and Big Ben, 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 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, Ronan Keating, Jenson Button and even astronaut Tim Peake in the International Space Station.