The London Marathon is one of the world's biggest marathon events and it raises money for charity
Professional and amateur athletes worldwide descend upon London in the upcoming weeks to test their skills in the iconic London Marathon.
The famous event will see people don funny costumes and put on their best running shoes as they brave the run for charity.
Here is all the crucial information about the route of one of the world's biggest marathon events.
When is the London Marathon?
The 37th edition of the London Marathon will take place on Sunday April 23 this year.
Four different groups of runners will start at separate times but the main event kicks of at 10am. Here are the times:
- 8.55am – London 2017 World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup in association with the Virgin Money London Marathon elite wheelchair race
- 9am – London 2017 World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup
- 9.15am – Virgin Money London Marathon for Elite Women
- 10am – Elite Men and the British Athletics and England Athletics Championships for Men and Women and the Virgin Money London Marathon Mass Start
Best-dressed London Marathon runners Sun, April 24, 2016
Here are a few of the runners that that went the extra mile in Sunday's London Marathon.
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The best dressed Marathon runners
What is the route of the marathon?
Click on the interactive map below to find out:
The marathon's starting point is at Greenwich Park and the first six mile segment will take the runners through Woolwich and back to Greenwich.
It will then proceed through Deptford and Surrey Quays before swinging around Rotherhithe and towards Tower Bridge.
Once the runners cross the bridge, they will hang a right and head east towards Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.
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The marathon's starting point is in Greenwich
The runners will head down Westferry Road to Mudchute before heading back up to Heron Quays and Poplar.
Passing on through Limehouse the marathon will continue on a straight stretch back towards Tower Hill, Monument and Blackfriars.
The homestretch will have the runners head down through Embankment and turn left at Westminster Bridge for the finish line on The Mall.
Marathons are gruelling 26 mile long races
What are the planned road closures?
A total of 27 segments of the marathon route will shut down for several hours as the runners make their way to the end line.
Buses running on the route of the marathon will be either diverted or will not run the full length of their journey.
The London Underground and Overground will run with additional services on the day but passengers are advised they might be busier than usual.
The Marathon ends on The Mall just outside Buckingham Palace
Here is the full list of planned road closures:
- Red Start Charlton Way 06:00 – 12:00
- Blue Start Shooters Hill Road 06:00 – 12:00
- Charlton Road 07:00 – 12:00
- Shooters Hill Road 07:00 -12:00
- Little Heath 07:00 – 12:00
- Charlton Park Lane 07:00 – 12:00
- Artillery Place 07:00 – 12:00
- John Wilson Street 07:00 – 12:00
- Woolwich Church Street 07:00 – 14:00
- Woolwich Road 07:00 – 14:00
- Trafalgar Road 07:00 – 14:00
- Creek Road 07:00 – 14:00
- Evelyn Street 08:00 – 14:00
- Surrey Quays Road 08:00 – 16:00
- Salter Road 08:00 – 16:00
- Brunel Road 08:00 – 16:00
- Jamaica Road 08:00 – 16:00
- Tower Bridge 08:00 – 19:00
- The Highway (south side) 08:00 – 19:00
- Narrow Street 08:00 – 19:00
- Westferry Road 08:00 – 19:00
- Westferry Road 08:00 – 19:00
- East Ferry Road 08:00 – 19:00
- Marsh Wall 08:00 – 19:00
- North Colonnade 08:00 – 19:00
- Poplar High Street 08:00 – 19:00
- Commercial Road 08:00 – 19:00
- The Highway (north side) 08:00 – 19:00
- Byward Street 06:30 – 19:00
- Upper Thames Street 06:30 – 19:00
- Victoria Embankment 06:30 – 19:00
- Birdcage Walk (westbound) 06:30 – 19:00