20140217 The London Marathon

  • Category: Sport
  • Date: Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sporting fanatics will once again be flocking to London for the city's annual marathon, which sees thousands take part in running around the city's well-known landmarks every year.

Entry for the April 13th event is now closed, with the volunteers well into their charity fundraising campaigns in anticipation of the long hard slog that will see them run along the south side of the Thames before crossing the river to visit the likes of Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge.

The vast and impressive scenery that makes up the run provides plenty of eye-candy for those attempting the 26.2 mile challenge, with stunning sights of the London Eye and the Tower of London helping them on their way to victory.

It's not just an event for the runners, however, and many people turn out to enjoy what has become known as Britain's biggest street party.

Many of the participants choose to run in fancy dress, with all manner of outrageous costumes taking to the streets from penguins to Superman, thus making it an entertaining event even for the kids as they spot their favourite characters.

No matter who crosses the finish line first, it's important to remember that the real winners are the charities, who have benefited from more than £500 million since the inaugural event in 1981.

The London Marathon kicks off from three starting positions in Greenwich Park on April 13th, with the largest crowds of spectators traditionally forming at Tower Bridge, Embankment and Buckingham Palace.

Attendees might be advised to practice their 'Mobot' moves as the double Olympic champion Mo Farah will be making his marathon debut.

Whether you're taking part or just spectating, rest up in The Chesterfield Mayfair and reward your participation with an afternoon tea for two as part of the Mayfair Weekends package.