Come rain or shine, Londoners love to run or do some physical exercise outdoors. One of the few cities that still likes to walk, run, cycle or take the public transport to commute is London. It is also the city that sees great marathons taking place to support a cause or some charity. So while you are visiting London, you must explore one such marathon either by participating in it or just cheering for marathon runners. The city is relatively flat and therefore is ideal for running platforms. The runners are treated to beautiful views, majestic places, gorgeous gardens and the bank of river Thames. You can choose to from 10K run, half-marathons, the most popular London Marathon, which is held every year and is one of the sex wold marathon majors. If you wish to participate then keep a lookout for London hotels near Oxford Street, as most of the marathons start from central London.
Here’s a list of London that will or have taken place in the year 2022. It will be great to participate in a marathon after nearly a two year gap because of all the Covid restrictions, social distancing and a ban on social gatherings. If you are planning a marathon with your friends then some great central London hotels offer triple room occupancy.
The London Marathon 2022
The London Marathon is not only the most popular in London city but also in the world. People start training themselves a year before or even more to participate in the mega marathon. This prestigious marathon starts in the heart of London city and has a very picturesque route covering some great sights and scenes of London. It’s a part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors that includes the London Marathon along with the Boston Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon and the Tokya Marathon. Usually sponsored by Virgin, the London Marathon is a charity event and has been able to raise over a 1 billion pounds. Before starting the marathon you can enjoy a healthy and energy-fueling breakfast in Bayswater London, which has great cafes and restaurants. In covid-hit year of 2021 the format of the marathon was changed to a virtual one and was held in the month of October instead of in Spring. For 2022, the cautious organisers scheduled it for October again. So this year the London Marathon will be held on 2nd October.
Founded by two athletes in 1981, this mega event now includes performances, celebrations, parades in London streets and more. The organisers have maintained the same route for running since the first marathon in 1981. So participating in this marathon is a legendary achievement.
Virtual London Marathon
Did you just realise you will not be in London for the London Marathon? Don’t worry. You can participate in the marathon virtually. All you have to do is register and you can run from where you and at your own pace, you will have 24 hours to complete your virtual marathon. The participation fees differ for Londoners and outsiders.
Hackney Half Marathon
This is one of the fastest growing half marathons in London. It takes place in the heart of east London – Hackney. Here the runners are celebrated and motivated with live DJs and performers along with lovely views of the famous Town Hall, the historic Broadway Market, Haggerston, Downs Parks And more. The marathon will take place on 22nd May and is easily reachable by hotel Bayswater Inn in London.