DOES ANYBODY KNOW IF I CAN JOIN THE MARATHON AT THE LAST MOMENT?. JUST GO THERE. JOIN THE PEOPLE AND RUN.
Where to watch the London Marathon
Planning to offer some moral support at 2014's race? Here are the best spectator spots along the route
Let's be honest, running 26 miles dressed as a chicken is hardly the simplest of tasks, is it? So if you're not taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday April 13 2014, be sure to show your support for those who are. Check out the race route below to find the best spectating spots and track down nearby pubs and bars for when all that cheering and applauding leaves you gasping for refreshment.
The Start: Greenwich
The start (or starts to be precise, since elite men elite women and the mass race all begin in slightly different places) in Greenwich will be heaving. Your support, whether general or specific, will probably be more appreciated later on. Transport: Greenwich/Cutty Sark DLR or Blackheath rail. Check out places to eat and drink near the Marathon start below.
1. The Highway: Mile 13 and Mile 22
The race doubles back on itself here, so take up a position on the central reservation and you'll see the runners twice – and the first of the runners going east may see the elite women heading back in the opposite direction. Transport: Shadwell DLR or rail. Check out places to eat and drink near the Highway below.
2. Westferry Road: Mile 16
Just over 10 miles to go and the race is starting to hot up as the more serious of the runners start to up their pace, leaving the rest to grit their teeth and continue at a steady slog. Transport: Canary Wharf tube or Heron Quays DLR. Check out places to eat and drink near Westferry Road below.
3. Mudchute Park: Mile 17
Taking the kids to see a parent run? This is a good spot to choose – very handy for a visit to Mudchute Farm. Encourage the kids to lend support to the rest of the competitors, too; it's not so crowded here and their cheers could make a real difference. Transport: Mudchute DLR. Check out places to eat and drink near Mudchute Park below.
4. Blackfriars Underpass: Mile 24
The course takes the runners through the underpass here – catch them as they emerge into daylight having wrestled with their demons in a rare moment of privacy. Transport: London Blackfriars rail. Check out places to eat and drink near Mudchute Park below. Check out places to eat and drink near Blackfriars Underpass below.
5. Embankment: Mile 25
The runners are more spread out and visible now and the goal is within their grasp. Cheer them on towards the finish then head for the alphabetically signposted meet-up points in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade. Transport: Embankment tube or Charing Cross rail. Check out places to eat and drink near Embankment below.
- Rated as: 5/5
- Corinthia Hotel, (Whitehall Place), SW1A 2BD
What would have been helpful would be to put some times as to when the leading runners and then the bulk of the runners would hit those spots.....
Great article.. Big help as my friend is a runner for scope and I had no idea what to do!well all sorted now may even squeeze a nostalgic visit to mudchute farm, as that looks like a whole lot of fun as well!
RE: Blackfriars Underpass: Mile 24 If you fancy one of the suggested restaurants, pubs or bars, remember to check first that it is open on Sunday - many City places are not.