Here’s our checklist for Virgin London Marathon spectators – have a read through before you set off to make sure you’re prepared for the day.
On the move
Most spectators try to spot the runners they’re supporting at several points around the course. Check out our race timings guide so you can decide 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, South Eastern 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 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!
Latest Spectator Update
This year the race route will be going around the newly restored Cutty Sark. There will be good spectator viewing points in Cutty Sark Gardens although access will be restricted on the east side. Please follow the directions of the event marshals.
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel (with new lifts) will be open and the Tunnel will have a one way (south to north) flow for two hours between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm to allow Marathon spectators to cross to the north side of the route. A queuing system will operate at the Tunnel entrance on the Greenwich side.
Spectators should also note that the City Pride pub on the Isle of Dogs (close to miles 15 and 18) is now closed.