The Course

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The Course

Your 26.2-mile challenge starts at Blackheath in Greenwich, passes the iconic Cutty Sark, goes over the world-famous Tower Bridge, and through Canary Wharf, before finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. This page contains everything you need to know about the course.

Mile Buxton Water Stations Toilets Showers Lucozade Sport Gel Stations
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380ml bottles

 
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Compostable
cups

 
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Ooho sachets &
Compostable cups

 
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26 Recovery Bag

Lucozade Sport

This year, Lucozade Sport will be served in new eco-friendly Oohos – seaweed-based edible packages – compostable cups and bottles made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. 

Oohos are a new way to get your hydration in a 30ml bite that is edible, fully biodegradable, as well as vegan and allergen free. Consume your Ooho whole – pop it in your mouth and bite. Or If you don’t want to eat the outer package, you can discard it on the ground as it is fully biodegradable.

Distance Markers & Timing Clocks

Each mile and kilometre point is clearly indicated, and a clock will show the running time, based on the actual start time of the race (not elapsed time).

The Thin Blue Line 

A broken blue line painted on the road indicates the shortest route and represents the exact and correct measured distance. Please allow faster runners to keep to this line.

Walking 

At some point, perhaps through tiredness, cramp, blisters, etc, you may be forced to walk. If this happens to you, please move over to the side of the road furthest from the blue line to allow runners to overtake. 

Dropping out

If you need to drop out, you should make your way to the nearest St John Ambulance First Aid Point, give them your running number and then wait for a sweep-up coach to stop and pick you up.

There will be a doctor and Virgin Money London Marathon staff on each coach. The team on the coaches will ensure your details are passed on to the Information Point at the Finish.

If you do not require medical assistance, you will be dropped off at the Finish Area where you will be able to retrieve your kitbag and make your onward journey.

Alternatively, you can make your own way back to the Finish Area. Public transport providers will allow you to travel for free if you show your running number. Make your way to Embankment station and our marshals will direct you from there.

Spectators

If you have friends and family coming to support you along the course, make sure they have downloaded the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon app. Your spectators can use the app to track you on the course.

The app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play now.

Course cut-off times

We are required to keep to a strict schedule for reopening the roads to traffic, therefore you must meet the cut-off times stated below.

The Course Closed Vehicle travels at a seven-hour pace and crosses the Start Line at 11:00, moments after the final participants. If you do not stay ahead of the Course Closed Vehicle, you will be required to move onto the pavement to complete the event. Further information is available below.

Location 7:00 hour pace
(minimum pace needed to avoid completing the event on the pavements)
8:00 hour pace
(minimum pace needed to receive a medal and official finish time)
Cutty Sark
(6.5 miles)
12:50 13:10
Tower Bridge
(12.5 miles)
14:20 14:45
Canary Wharf
(18.5 miles)
16:00 16:40
Tower of London
(22.7 miles)
17:05 18:00

The Finish Line

19:00

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