The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the World, and one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors competition. The London Marathon was created after the former Olympic champion Chris Brasher returned from running the New York Marathon.His vision was realised on 29 March 1981 with the inaugural London Marathon. It was an instant success.
Each year, millions of people watch and cheer from street corners and London pubs. You could call it London's 26.2 mile street party! And whether you're supporting from the sidelines or sweating it out the track, at the end of the day the winners are the charities. Since the beginning in 1981, the participants have raised more than £506m for charity.
The route runs along the south of the Thames and then the north side after crossing the river on Tower Bridge. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, runners pass some of the capital's famous landmarks, including the London Eye and the Tower of London.