Race day planning

Let’s face it: the last thing you’re going to need in the next couple of weeks is stressing out about the minor details. So take a look at our top tips to make sure you race weekend goes as smoothly as it can be.

Attend the London Marathon Expo

You probably already know this, but just before the race, you’ll need to stop by the London Marathon Expo to pick up your race number to pin on your vest and timing chip. The expo runs from Wednesday 20th until Saturday 23rd April; more information about times and location can be found here. We’ll also have a stand there during this time so make sure you pop by to say hello – our stand number is 243!

Getting to the start

Start planning how you’re going to get to that all-important start line! There are three different starting zones (red, green and blue), and you’ll need to take a look at your running number and use your final instructions magazine to work out which coloured area you will be starting from.

We recommend you get to your starting area at least one hour before you are due to set off so you can queue for the loos, drop your kit bag off, warm up, (queue for the loos again!) and take your position at the start. Do look in your Marathon News: Final Instructions for more information about start areas (pages 11 & 12) and remember, marathon runners get free travel on the tube (and on Southeastern services to Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath).

Arrange your meeting point for after the race

Mobile phone signal is unreliable on race day, so you need to make exact plans as to where you will meet your supporters after you finish. As you might imagine, the end of the race is very busy, so try and have clear plans with your friends and family as to where you’ll meet them, whether that’s in the meet and great area in the park or even at our Marie Curie reception. You’ll be tired enough after running 26 miles, so spare yourself walking around in circles looking for people by nailing your plan in advance. It’s also useful to make your supporters aware of your running number and to get them to download the official London Marathon phone app. 

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