Folks love operating on closed roads in London and with good motive. There isn’t any higher solution to see the capital than when it’s freed from motorised visitors, if just for the sake of your lungs. The one draw back of how satisfying central London operating occasions are is that they’re extremely standard, so it may be arduous to safe your house. The London Marathon disappoints a whole lot of hundreds of poll candidates annually, nevertheless it’s removed from the one capital-based occasion to show away legions of hopeful runners and even comparatively new occasions shortly grow to be oversubscribed.

Final 12 months noticed the launch of the London Landmarks Half Marathon, set proper within the coronary heart of town. Regardless of being only a 12 months previous, the demand for locations is such {that a} poll is required this 12 months to pick the individuals, with over 55,000 individuals having already registered their curiosity in claiming one of many 13,000 spots within the race. The poll opens at midday on Monday 2nd July and runs till midday on Monday ninth July, with the outcomes introduced on Thursday 12th.

We had been fortunate sufficient to take part in final 12 months’s occasion and would strongly urge you to throw your hat within the ring for this glorious race. For starters, it’s free to enter the poll. You pay provided that you get a spot, and the price of entry (£55) goes to the first charity companion, Tommy’s.

Then there’s the route, which packs in additional sights than you may shake a stick at. From the beginning on Pall Mall to the end on Downing Avenue, not a kilometre goes by the place you don’t get a transparent view of a prime London landmark. Certain, that route has to take a number of twists and turns to hit all these sights, and an particularly flexible part within the Metropolis of London would possibly hamper a PB try, however the course is flat sufficient to run quick occasions on.

The environment across the course was additionally spectacular in 2017 and this can solely get higher because the occasion turns into extra established. Bands pepper the route to offer some musical inspiration for individuals who haven’t opted to plug their ears with headphones, and if you’re taking it straightforward fairly than racing arduous, you may cease on the mile markers to learn historic information.

For those who do strike out within the London Landmarks Half Marathon poll, you may as well attempt to get a charity spot. In addition to Tommy’s there are 150 companion charities for the occasion, giving loads of choices. llhm.co.uk