The start (or starts to be precise, since elite men, elite women and the mass race all begin in slightly different places) in between Greenwich and Blackheath will be heaving. Your support, whether general or specific, will probably be more appreciated later on, but if you really don't want to miss kick off, get down early to stake your spot, then maybe grab a swift half at one of Greenwich's historic pubs afterwards. Transport: Greenwich/Cutty Sark DLR or Blackheath rail. (Pic: Dillon Bryden for Virgin Money London Marathon)
It's worth remembering, too, that everyone taking part laces up pretty early. This year's London Marathon start times are as follows:
- 09:05 – Elite Wheelchair Races
- 09:10 – World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes
- 09:25 – The Elite Women's Race
- 10:10 – The Elite Men's Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race
And if watching the runners pushing through the pain barrier leaves you inspired, check out our guide on how to enter the London Marathon 2020.