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London Marathon 2024

About 800,000 people will attend London Marathon 2024 in London.

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Your Ultimate Guide to London Marathon 2024

Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and hit the iconic streets of London for the TCS London Marathon 2024? The 2024 TCS London Marathon is not just a race, it's a celebration of human endurance, determination, and community spirit. The marathon day, taking place on April 21st, 2024, is a spectacle that attracts participants and spectators from all over the world. Whether you're a seasoned runner or a first-time participant, this guide has got you covered with everything you need to know to make the most of this exhilarating event.

The History and Significance of the London Marathon

The TCS London Marathon, as it's officially known, has a rich history dating back to its first edition inaugural race in 1981. It has since become one of the most prestigious marathons globally, attracting runners from all corners of the world. More than a million people have completed the course. It's one of the top six international marathons and is known for its fast, record-setting course.

The event is also a significant fundraiser, with UK residents and international participants raising millions for charities each year, so you can feel good knowing your entry fee is going to the right hands. But wait, the excitement doesn't stop there! The day before, on April 20th, the TCS Mini London Marathon kicks off, inviting schools and children to join in on the fun with a range of distances to suit everyone.

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About the TCS London Marathon

Picture this: Buckingham Palace, The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, and Canary Wharf - all part of the breathtaking route of the TCS London Marathon. It's not just a race; it's a journey through London's most iconic landmarks that will leave you awe-inspired as you cross the finish line on The Mall.

Making Memories: TCS Mini London Marathon

For the little ones eager to join in on the popular marathon fun, the TCS Mini London Marathon offers the perfect opportunity to get involved. With distances tailored to different age groups and abilities, kids can experience the thrill of crossing the iconic finish line and receiving their very own medal as a token of their achievement.

Getting in the Spirit

The atmosphere at the London Marathon feels electric. From the moment you step onto the streets of London, you can feel the energy and excitement. The course takes you through the heart of London, past iconic landmarks.

But the real magic lies in the atmosphere - the cheers of spectators, the camaraderie among runners, and the electrifying energy that pulses through the streets of London. The crowd support is phenomenal, with spectators lining the streets, cheering on the runners, and creating a festival-like atmosphere.

There are also live music performances along the route to keep the runners and spectators entertained.

Dress Code

When it comes to dressing for the London Marathon, comfort is key. Pick out moisture-wicking fabrics that keep you cool and dry throughout the race, and don't forget to accessorize with your race bib and timing chip.

Fueling Up: Food and Refreshments

Running a marathon is no small feat, which is why it's essential to fuel your body with the right nutrients. Along the route, you'll find plenty of hydration stations stocked with water and energy drinks to keep you going. And once you've crossed the finish line, indulge in some well-deserved post-race treats from the various food vendors waiting to replenish your energy stores.

Tips for Travellers

If you're planning to participate or spectate, it's advisable to book your accommodation well in advance as hotels fill up quickly. Also, make sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Good luck to all the participants!

Bag Policy and Safety Measures

Safety is the top priority at the TCS London Marathon, which is why they've implemented stringent security measures to ensure your peace of mind throughout the event. Expect bag searches, sniffer dogs, and extensive CCTV coverage along the entire route, all backed by our dedicated team of security personnel working tirelessly to keep you safe.

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at London Marathon 2024

Whether you're a participant or a spectator, the last thing you want to worry about is your luggage. That's where Bounce comes in. As the largest luggage storage platform, Bounce offers short-term luggage storage facilities worldwide, including London. 

Travel Light with Bounce

With Bounce, you can drop off your bag at one of our local partner locations, such as souvenir shops, hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Each item stored comes with $10,000 in BounceShield™ Protection, ensuring your belongings are safe while you enjoy the London Marathon and other events. 

The process is simple and affordable, and there's no size limit on bags. Plus, with our flexible cancellation policy, you can change your plans without any hassle. So why lug your bags around when you can bounce them?

Things to Do in London

London is brimming with excitement beyond the marathon route, so why not make the most of your visit by exploring some of the city's top attractions?

Explore the City

While in London for the marathon, make sure to explore the city's rich history and culture. Visit iconic landmarks like the Tower of London, the British Museum, and the London Eye. Take a stroll along the River Thames and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea

Shopping and Dining

London is a shopper's paradise, with everything from high-end fashion to quirky boutiques. As for dining, the city offers a wide range of options, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy pubs.

Theatre and Music

Don't miss the chance to catch a show in London's West End or enjoy live music at one of the city's many venues.

See You in London?

There you have it - your ultimate guide to the TCS London Marathon 2024. Whether you're pounding the pavement as a runner or cheering from the sidelines as a spectator, get ready for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the spirit of community, athleticism, and the vibrant city of London. So pack your running shoes, secure your ballot place, leave your luggage with Bounce, and get ready to experience the magic of London. See you at the start line!

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All you need to know

  • When can I enter the London Marathon 2024?

    The ballot for the 2024 London Marathon opened on April 22, and it was suggested that it might close on April 28 at 21:00 BST. The marathon itself is scheduled to take place on April 21, 2024.

  • Where is the London Marathon Expo 2024?

    The TCS London Marathon Running Show for 2024 will take place from Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, at ExCeL London​​.

  • Is it hard to get into the London Marathon?

    Yes, it can be quite challenging to secure a spot in the London Marathon due to its popularity and limited entry places. Each year, over 450,000 people apply for the ballot, but there are only around 17,000 places available through this method. This high demand means that many who apply will not get a spot through the ballot, making it a competitive process. However, there are other ways to enter, such as through charity places, which offer an alternative route into the marathon for those committed to fundraising.

  • When can I enter the London Marathon 2025?

    The public ballot for the London Marathon 2025 is expected to open in April 2024.

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