London Marathon Walk
- London, UK
Pull on your daisy roots, and take part in this cockney-themed London Marathon ball of chalk!
This full marathon length walk of 26.2 miles takes participants on a cockney-themed adventure around London's famous landmarks and lesser-known spots. Take in many of London’s world-famous sights en-route including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London as you trace this challenging route through the heart of this historic city. This is an enjoyable and rewarding way to explore our capital city, but be prepared for a long, tough one-day event! With plenty of sights for your mince pies, it’ll be one of the most memorable things you do this year – you won’t Adam & Eve it! GRADE: Tough
New for this year is a half-marathon option, just as much fun in half the distance. GRADE: Challenging
Registration & fundraising
The registration fee for both the full marathon walk and half marathon walk is £25 per person. This will be payable on booking with Discover Adventure.
Full Marathon - We ask all of our walkers to aim for a minimum fundraising target of £100 each, which will need to be raised 10 weeks before the event
Half Marathon - We ask all of our walkers to aim for a minimum fundraising target of £70 each, which will need to be raised 10 weeks before the event
Dates & how to book
This event will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017
Participants meet early for registration at the event hub in Chiswick, and have time for a good warm-up as well as a fortifying hot drink and a breakfast bap before setting off! The route takes walkers across the River Thames and follows its southern bank, looking across to Craven Cottage stadium, walking along a mix of embankment paths and quiet residential streets. You'll then cross the Thames again at Battersea and continue through Chelsea and Knightsbridge, passing Hyde Park Corner and continuing to Regent’s Park, where you'll follow a wonderful section of Regent’s Canal through Camden Lock. Looping south, you come to St Pancras and the half-way mark.
Now heading for the historic centre of London, passing Smithfield Market until you come to historic Cheapside, immortalised in literature from Shakespeare to Austen and Dickens. Here lies the church of St-Mary-le-Bow, centre-piece of Cockney heritage. According to tradition, a true Cockney is born within earshot of the church bells; these are the Bow Bells which legend says called back Dick Whittington to be mayor of London.
Central London’s icons come thick and fast now; as you spot landmarks from St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Shard, the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace as the route criss-crosses the Thames and winds through Whitehall to Westminster. Heading out of the City, you return to Fulham and walk alongside the Thames back to the event hub.
There’s time afterwards to enjoy the atmosphere at the hub and say farewell to your fellow walkers before heading home.
Trek 26.2 miles
A half-marathon option (Grade Challenging) is also available. This starts at the halfway point at St Pancras and follows the second part of the route as described, crossing the finish line at the event hub in Chiswick.
Trek 13.1 miles
- Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support staff throughout to manage the event safely and enjoyably
- Marshalling stops with water and snacks
- Packed lunch
- Maps and route information
Save the Rhino International is working in partnership with Discover Adventure for this challenge event. Discover Adventure have over 20 years' experience in operating adventure challenges worldwide and have recently been voted Best Small Escorted Adventure Company 2016! To discover more adventure click here!
When you register we will send you a fundraising information pack to help get you started, plus you can always drop us an email for more tips and ideas. If you raise £100 we will also send you a t-shirt to wear for your challenge!
Contact Claudia on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information