Help With Start
Please could someone help me?
I am for the first time this year running in the London Marathon and i am struggling to obtain a map of the area we cover most importantly where the start and end of the race is?
I wanted to know the start as i wanted to find a hotel close to the start of the race. Can anyone recommend a good hotel that is not that expensive as i am travelling with my family and will need a family room.
The actual start you will be on depends on how you got your entry, ballot, charity etc, although on the grand scheme of London they are all close to each other. Hope that helps.
Pete. look at it a bit differently, your family won't be allowed to get in the start area to "see you off". At the same time, the transport for runners out to the start is superb from the central London stations, so you'd be better picking a hotel where you can reach the start and they can get to a good spot to watch and then get to meet you at Horseguards after the race.
Cheap hotel? what's your budget? I just looked at Travelodge and I would go for a family room at Aldgate or Bank, you could walk to London Bridge station from either of those and your family will be right on the course to see you-and you'll know where they'll be which is a good thing.
Think about your breakfast, take what you need with you in case your hotel doesn't offer a decent ealry breakfast.
Where are you travelling from, and how? The first year I did the race, with 2 small kids, we stayed at Dartford Holiday Inn, piece of cake to get to, and a Direct train in to the start from Dartford Station, I think it will be less than £100.
Message me if you want any more help.
Travel is free if you have your race number. I did have an argument with a bus driver one year though as she informed me 'i dont know about no free travel for marathon runners'. I had almost passed out at mile 18 and been in the st johns!
Stay near the finish, you will be glad of it. There are loads of hotels in Victoria, Pimlico, hyde park area. Even Notting Hill/Bayswater wouldnt be that far.
Re travel to the start, the trains get REALLY busy so best to try and board the train as its start point (Charing Cross or London Bridge). Otherwise you may not get on the train.
Maybe that's why the train I boarded a few years ago at London Bridge was so busy! I'll be heading to Charing x this year then. Thanks
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