London Marathon 2015
More than just one of the top five World Marathon Majors, the Virgin London Marathon is a celebratory sporting festival that attracts professional athletes, enthusiastic joggers and costume-wearing charity fundraisers alike. The 26 mile 385 yards race is run near the River Thames, with the 2015 race due to be held on 26 April.
Also competing in London are Emmanuel Mutai, the second fastest marathon runner in history, Stanley Biwott, last year’s London runner-up and Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Chicago Marathon champion.
Five of the fastest seven marathon runners in history will line-up in Greenwich this weekend – and the two absentees are either retired or past their best.
London Marathon runners taking in their surroundings during the 26.2-mile can expect to save the best until last when it comes to the capital’s booming property prices.
A study of house prices along the famous route shows the average property is worth a staggering £578,947 and tops out at more than £2 million as breathless runners reach the finish line in St James’s.
The central London finale will see runners pass by properties with an average value of £2,207,626
Those with more modest budgets should still be full of beans as they get the chance to observe the cheapest stretch of the route in miles three and four in Woolwich in south east London – where average prices stand at £292,015.
After reaching Whitechapel at the half-way stage property prices dip below £600,000 until the 22nd mile at Shadwell, where prices continue to soar through Monument and Blackfriars before reaching Embankment with two miles to go, where prices top £1m for the first time.
Our interactive map gives you a step-by-step guide of where to watch the race, the best pubs for spectators to take a break and the sights that can seen along the way.
For friends and family wanting to know when to meet their runner at the finish line or just track their progress, competitors can be tracked via GPS throughout the route.
Among the dedicated participants will be 13 ever-presents who have run the race every year and are set to compete in their 35th London Marathon.
Some famous faces will also be among the crowds of vested athletes – with Greg James, Helen George and Hugo Taylor among those taking part.
They’ll be hoping to beat impressive times from previous celebs such as presenter Ben Shepherd who completed the run in 3 hours and 23 minutes – and preying they finish quicker than Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson, who took more than five days after collapsing and returning to finish the race more than 100 hours later.
But entrants should be prepared for one of the wettest London Marathons on record with forecasters predicting thunderstorms to strike during the big event.
And for those who didn’t enter and are wishing they could have taken part – you can already submit an entry for next year’s race.