As often happens in Britain, it all started around a beer at the Dysart Arms Pub, adjoining the Richmond Park headquarters of the Raneleigh Harriers running club. One evening the discussion of some of its members comes on the NYC City Marathon, a mass event which enjoyed an exemplary organization and an extraordinary atmosphere with spectators who urged you to go all the way to Cross the finish line in Central Park.
After several weeks of reflection, Chris Brasher, former Olympic champion of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and John Disley bronze medal in the same discipline decided to go and run in New York and learn a little more and with already in mind the will to achieve The same organization in London. They trained for this purpose and participated in the 1979 edition.
On the way back Chris Brasher wrote an article for the Observer entitled “The most fraternal race in the world,” he described that the marathon, the most difficult event of the Olympic Games, could have as its goal a good pretext for assembling, A challenge, to train, to laugh and to suffer together and to realize what seemed impossible.
A few weeks later John Disley presented to the press the route that the two friends had traced along the Thames, crossed the London Bridge and passed close to the most attractive tourist sites of the British capital.
On March 29, 1981, the first edition of the London Marathon took place. Nearly 20,000 people wanted to run it, 7747 were accepted. The success was such that in the following year the organizers received over 90,000 applications for the 18059 bibs that were awarded.
Since the entries are made by random draw, unless you take a complete package with bib included as only the accredited agencies, of which we are, can guarantee you.
Today, the Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the six prestigious marathons recognized as World Marathon Majors with Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York and Tokyo.
This information is given as an indication and may be subject to change without notice by the organizers and not reflected on our site.
|number of participants||More than 35,000|
|departure time||9h00 – Elite Ladies, 9h30 General, Wheelchairs 9h15|
|place of departure||Greenwich (Observatory)|
|arrival point||The Mall|
|limited time||6 h|
|mean temperature||14 at 20 ° C|
|Best Performance Men||Kipchoge, Eliud (KEN) 02:03:05 – 2016|
|Best Performance Women||Radcliffe, Paula (GBR) 2:15:25 – 2003|
|Rewards||T.shirt, medal at the finish|
|Special features||Timing by Champion Chip|
|Type of route||Rolling, pleasant and spectator bath|