The London Marathon begins in Blackheath and Greenwich Park at 10 AM (the elite women set off a bit earlier, at 9.15 AM, and the wheelchair racers begin at 8.55 AM), and immediately heads east through Charlton, towards Woolwich. The runners will turn near Woolwich High Street at approx 10.15 AM, and head back through Charlton towards Greenwich again, passing the Cutty Sark at around 10.30 AM.
They will then follow the bend of the river north, past Deptford and Rotherhithe (passing Rotherhithe station at around 10.50 AM), and cross the river at Tower Bridge. The runners will have covered 12-miles by this point, and it will be around 11 AM.
The runners will then head east again, through Shadwell, past Westferry and Canary Wharf (passing the tall towers at One Canada Square at around 11:30 PM), and then double back past Limehouse towards The City. The race will now enter the touristy parts of London.
The 23-mile point will be reached at the Tower of London at around 11.50 PM. They will then pass along Lower Thames Street, Upper Thames Street, past Blackfriars station at around 11.55 AM, and down the Victoria Embankment to Westminster Bridge. They will then cross the north side of Parliament Square and the southside of St. James's Park, turning in front of Buckingham Palace, and ending (and collapsing!) halfway down The Mall at approx 12.05 PM.
Note: All timings are approximate.
The current men's record for the 26.2 miles is 2.04:40, set by the Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. The women's record is held by Britain's own Paula Radcliffe, with a time of 2.15:25 in 2003.
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