Do you know someone who’s running the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) or just fancy a day soaking up the atmosphere? If so, then a trip to the capital is in store. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, which is being held for the first time on March 25th.
The LLHM is the first race of its kind to wend its way through both the City of London and the City of Westminster. This will make for a fascinating route for the runners, with some 10,000 athletes due to take part.
All of them will set off from Pall Mall and finish near Downing Street, striding out for 13.1 miles in total. More than 100 charities will benefit from funds raised by the event, making it a feel-good day for all.
What really sets the LLHM apart from other half marathons is the sheer volume of famous places that can be seen along the route. These include the iconic Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, The Shard, the Tower of London and the Coca-Cola London Eye.
While the runners are pushing themselves towards the finish line, around 40,000 people are expected to turn out to support them. As well as looking out for your friends and family who are completing the race, there will be a selection of entertainment options on offer.
Music is a wonderful motivator for the athletes, but also great for spectators to pass the time. There will be live performances of everything from brass and samba to drumming and pop music all along the route.
Head along to the 1.5-mile marker on Fleet Street where a stage will be set up or, alternatively, make your way to Queen Street at 8.6 miles. These stages will feature swing dancing and street dancing performances, as well as various other exciting acts.
Actors will be bringing ten key events from London’s history to life with special re-enactments. These will include a Suffragist pageant and gladiator fighting that is sure to delight the little ones and teach them something they don’t know.
Getting to London
Hiring a coach is a great way to get to London for the LLHM, as it takes the stress out of the journey. Nobody in your group will need to worry about driving and your runners can relax as they are transported back home after the race.
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