Thank you so much for coming to cheer us on next Sunday at the London Marathon. It’ll be a bit like playing a running version of Where’s Wally, but even if you don’t get to see much of us on the course, it’s a brilliant day out and hopefully pretty inspiring too to see all those runners and their individual stories. Maybe we’ll be coming to cheer you on in 2019…!
We’ve put together a few tips for the day, but if you’ve got plans to go to different spots along the route, let us know so we can make sure to look out for you. AND, we’d love to buy you a drink afterwards – details for that at the end of the below info.
Robbie and Em xx
The Virgin London Marathon app is pretty nifty for tracking progress, but it has been known to crash on race day so best to download and load it with our race numbers before Sunday!
Search ‘London Marathon 2018’ in android App Store.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:
We’ll put pictures up on social media on race day morning of us in our full kit too. Em will also have a headband on, which can help with spotting amid the sea of heads! (Image of vests at the bottom of this page).
WHERE TO WATCH FROM:
It’s up to you whether you want to find one spot towards the end and stay put, or bring your Oyster/contactless card to jump around different spots on the course via public transport (this is definitely the most fun!), but here’s a few places we can recommend:
BERMONDSEY (Mile 12) On the Jubilee Line (tube). Turn left when exiting tube station and walk along Jamaica Road as it’ll be crowded right outside the station.
NB: the Breast Cancer Haven have a cheer squad at mile 12 which you are also welcome to join. Turn right out of Bermondsey tube onto Jamaica Rd and look for the Sainsbury's Local (and lots of purple balloons).
*** If you want to see Mo Farah, make sure you are at Bermondsey by 10:45 am latest. We will be cruising through around 12:15 – wouldn’t want to show him up or anything – but there’s a Tesco about five mins from the tube to grab a snack to keep you going! ***
We have two options here (quicker journey time but very busy with spectators vs. longer journey but quieter part of route):
1) MUDCHUTE (Mile 17)
TRAVEL: Bermondsey > Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line), then follow the signs to walk to Heron Quays DLR station. Heron Quays > Mudchute DLR. (Approx 20mins, allow 30mins for congestion.)
This is a quieter part of the route so finding somewhere to stand once you leave the DLR station should be simple.
2) CANARY WHARF (Mile 18.5)
TRAVEL: Bermondsey > Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line). Only 5 minutes journey time, but will be very busy and trickier to spot us.
MONUMENT, LOWER THAMES STREET (Mile 23.5)
TRAVEL: Mudchute/Heron Quays DLR to Bank DLR, follow signs to walk to Monument station, then follow signs/marshals to the marathon route.
This will be busier, but not as busy as the rest of the remaining route. We’d advise this is the last place to see us as the Embankment down to the finish can be chaotic!
Please let us buy you a much-needed drink or two at the Institute of Directors after the race! This is also where Breast Cancer Haven will be welcoming their runners.
TRAVEL: Monument Station > Embankment (District and Circle Line), then 15 min walk to IOD.
Address: 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED When inside the building, head downstairs to the right hand side to find the Wine Bar.
All being well, we should be waddling into the IOD by 3:45 p.m, but please head there whenever you are ready as we’ll have a tab running (with Mr Mark Evans acting as the Keeper of the Tab before we get there ) to welcome you in.