2014-04-10 22:46:37 - Live streaming from London for 2014 Virgin London Marathon, race route, start time, webcams on Tower Bridge, online streams and TV coverage details.
Still one of the most popular marathon events anywhere in the world, the London Marathon, sponsored by Virgin, draws huge crowds to the city's streets and attracts a vast international audience watching via online and television channels.
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Event background and information:
The popular London marathon was founded by the former Olympic champion and renowned journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. It is organised by former 10,000m world record holder David Bedford as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points around Blackheath and finishes in The Mall alongside St. James's Palace. Since the
first marathon, the course has undergone very few route changes. In 1982, the finishing post was moved from Constitution Hill to Westminster Bridge due to construction works. It remained there for twelve years before moving to its present location at The Mall.
In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards), the London Marathon is also a large, celebratory sporting festival, second only to the Great North Run in Newcastle, in terms of the number of participants. The event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981, and holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world, with the 2009 participants raising over £47.2 million for charity. In 2007, 78% of all runners raised money. In the official charity of the London Marathon is Oxfam.
Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the London Marathon is generally regarded as a very competitive and unpredictable event, and conducive to fast times. Spanning 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), it is the only Marathon course in the world that is run across two hemispheres, starting in the Eastern Hemisphere, crossing the Prime Meridian in Greenwich after 9.8 km (6.1 miles) and finishing in the Western Hemisphere.