2018 Virgin Money London Marathon – all you need to know
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Registration exhibition at ExCel
You must collect your running number and registration pack from the London Marathon registration exhibition at ExCel, London. The nearest station is Custom House on the DLR.
If you do not register at ExCel you will not be able to run.
When registering you will need to have your registration letter and photographic ID with you. The Sports Events Team will be at stand 065, please come and say hi, it’s always lovely to put a face to a name.
The Exhibition runs from 18th – 21st April and is open at the following times:
Wednesday 18th April 11:00-20:00
Thursday 19th April 10:00-20:00
Friday 20th April 10:00-20:00
Saturday 21st April 09:00-17:00
Registration shuts promptly at 17:00 on Saturday 21st April and it is not possible, under any circumstances, to collect running numbers after that time.
When leaving the exhibition please make sure you have the following;
- Tag (timing chip)
The marathon is due to start at 10.00am. We recommend that you get to your start area between 8.30 – 9.00am. The London Marathon has three starts and they all merge into the same route at the 3 mile point. Please see below the nearest station to each start.
The starts are;
Blue start on Blackheath Own place runners Nearest station – Blackheath
Green start on Blackheath Elite / VIP runners Nearest station – Maze Hill
Red start in Greenwich Park Gold bond (charity) runners Nearest station – Greenwich / Maze Hill
You can travel on the tubes and trains on marathon day for free – all you need to do is wear you running number.
We will have four Children with Cancer UK cheering points along the route, roughly every 6miles, with lots of noisy, flag waving, balloon flying, T-shirt wearing Mr. Men Little Miss supporters, to cheer you all the way to the finish line. Please let your friends and family know that we would love for them to join us at our cheering points.
Cheering point locations;
- Cutty Sark – c6 miles
- Tower Bridge – c12 miles
- Canary Wharf – c18 miles
- Embankment – c24 miles
Outdoor meeting area
Once you have completed the gruelling 26.2 miles and been handed your well-deserved medal, we will be waiting to congratulate you on your amazing achievement at our outdoor meeting area. This will be at letter “O” on Horse Guards Road.
The finish area can get extremely busy so warn your supporters that it might take a while for you to get from the finish line to letter “O”. Often phone signal is poor around the finish area so make sure you have pre-arranged where you are going to meet your supporters.
You are invited to attend our post-race hospitality with two adult guests and any accompanying children.
Our post-race hospitality will be held at The QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE from 1.30 – 6.30. The QEII Centre is a short walk from letter “O”.
As one of our incredible runners, there will be light refreshments, a celebratory beer or glass of wine and a sports massage available for you.
Nearest stations to both the outdoor meeting area and post-race hospitality are Victoria, Westminster and St James’s Park.