The Flora London Marathon announced this news:
For its 25th anniversary, the Flora London Marathon will be faster than ever. Gone are the cobbles and the diversion round the Tower Hotel to be replaced by a fast stretch of road along the Highway and Tower Hill.
“Since 1981 the cobbles of the Tower of London and the subsequent carpet have been a love-hate feature of the course,“ said Race Director David Bedford.
“The twists and turns around the Tower Hotel and the Tower of London have slowed the race down. And last year the first three men slipped on the wet brick paving around the Tower Hotel. So we decided on radical surgery to solve both issues in one go. Without doubt these changes will result in a faster course.”
There have been five women’s World records at the London Marathon, culminating in Paula Radcliffe’s mixed-race 2:15:25 in 2003. Radcliffe also owns the women’s-only record of 2:18:56 from 2002. Khalid Khannouchi USA set a men’s World record of 2:05:38 in 2002.
The changes to the route affect the Highway/Isle of Dogs loop between 13 and 22 miles which will now be run in an anti-clockwise direction. Map. (2MB file size may take a while to download on a dial-up connection.)
nb. The course changes document is in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the document. You can download Acrobat Reader here