The Ballot For The London Landmarks Half Marathon Opens Today

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Folks love operating on closed roads in London and with good purpose. There is no such thing as a higher strategy to see the capital than when it’s freed from motorised visitors, if just for the sake of your lungs. The one draw back of how pleasing central London operating occasions are is that they’re extremely widespread, so it may be onerous to safe your home. The London Marathon disappoints lots of of hundreds of poll candidates annually, nevertheless it’s removed from the one capital-based occasion to show away legions of hopeful runners and even comparatively new occasions shortly turn out to be oversubscribed.

Final yr noticed the launch of the London Landmarks Half Marathon, set proper within the coronary heart of town. Regardless of being only a yr outdated, the demand for locations is such {that a} poll is required this yr to pick the individuals, with over 55,000 folks having already registered their curiosity in claiming one of many 13,000 spots within the race. The poll opens at midday on Monday 2nd July and runs till midday on Monday ninth July, with the outcomes introduced on Thursday 12th.

We have been fortunate sufficient to take part in final yr’s occasion and would strongly urge you to throw your hat within the ring for this wonderful race. For starters, it’s free to enter the poll. You pay provided that you get a spot, and the price of entry (£55) goes to the first charity accomplice, Tommy’s.

Then there’s the route, which packs in additional sights than you may shake a stick at. From the beginning on Pall Mall to the end on Downing Avenue, not a kilometre goes by the place you don’t get a transparent view of a prime London landmark. Positive, that route has to take a number of twists and turns to hit all these sights, and an particularly flexible part within the Metropolis of London would possibly hamper a PB try, however the course is flat sufficient to run quick instances on.

The ambiance across the course was additionally spectacular in 2017 and this may solely get higher because the occasion turns into extra established. Bands pepper the route to supply some musical inspiration for many who haven’t opted to plug their ears with headphones, and if you’re taking it simple quite than racing onerous, you may cease on the mile markers to learn historic info.

If you happen to do strike out within the London Landmarks Half Marathon poll, you too can attempt to get a charity spot. In addition to Tommy’s there are 150 accomplice charities for the occasion, giving loads of choices. llhm.co.uk