Here’s our checklist for Virgin Money London Marathon spectators – have a read through before you set off to make sure you’re prepared for the day.
Click here for your 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Spectators’ Guide. It contains everything you need to know to ensure you have a great time at the race on Sunday 13 April.
On the move
Most spectators try to spot the runners they’re supporting at several points around the course. Click here for our Spectators’ Guide, which includes a race timings guide so you can work out when and where you need to be in advance.
Many roads are closed on race day, so the best way to get around is using the London Underground, Southeastern and Docklands Light Railway (DLR), who lay on extra services especially. Remember, the trains will be busy all day – expect it to be like rush hour. You’ll probably have to queue at some stations and the tube lines may be forced to shut temporarily throughout the day to help ease the crowds.
Plan your journey in advance, visit tfl.gov.uk/marathon
You might not be running the Virgin Money London Marathon, but you’ll still be on your feet all day watching the runners, walking up stairs and using the escalators in tube stations. Think carefully about what you bring with you - try to leave valuables at home, and remember, bringing young children and pushchairs to the race will also means it takes more time to move through the crowds.
Make yourself comfortable
Make sure you dress sensibly, as you’re likely to be outside for most of the day. Comfortable shoes are a must, and remember to bring a waterproof in case there are any April showers!