London Marathon 2024: Your Ultimate Race Day Survival Guide


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London Marathon 2024: Your Ultimate Race Day Survival Guide

March 13, 2024


The London Marathon takes pride in being one of the biggest and most prestigious marathons in the world. Taking place in the beautiful city of London, the event attracts over 40,000 runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. While the marathon is an amazing experience, it also requires careful planning to ensure you have a successful and enjoyable race day. Here are some top tips to help you survive and thrive on London Marathon race day 2024:


With many road closures on race day, plan your transportation to and from the event in advance. Public transportation like the tube or train is highly recommended over driving. Leave extra time for delays getting to the start and returning after finishing. Be prepared to walk long distances between stations and the race route. If you're staying at hotel Kensington High Street, inquire about shuttle services to and from the marathon venue.

What to Bring?

Make a checklist of essential items for your bag depending on if you're running or spectating. Runners need fluids, snacks, clothing layers as the weather can change, medications, and ID/money. Spectators should pack food, drinks, rain gear, comfortable walking shoes, signs, and portable chairs if wanting to sit.

Spectator Spots

Popular areas for spectators include Constitution Hill, The Mall, and Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace. Other good spots are The Embankment along the River Thames or select areas along Canary Wharf. Plan to get to these spots early before they fill up. 

Crowd of marathon runners in London.

Tips for Runners

Arrive at the starting area with plenty of time before your wave starts. Use the porta-potties and stay hydrated. Bring entertainment like music for the wait. Be sure to pin your bib number prominently on the front of your top layers. Pace yourself appropriately and stop for fluids/gels at aid stations along the route.

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Aid Stations

Look for the aid stations marked every 2-3kms that offer water, sports drinks, gels, fruit, and sweets. Volunteering medical staff will also be stationed along the route. Be sure to hydrate often even if you don't feel thirsty to avoid cramps or other issues. 

Course Support

Cheer squads and live music bands will be stationed along the route to keep up energy levels. Mile markers help keep track of distance. Medical tents, ambulances, and marathon officials are available if any issues arise. Don't hesitate to stop for them if needed.

Marathon runners participating in the London marathon

After the Race

Make sure to cross the finish line and get your medal! Enjoy food, drinks, massages, and music in the finished festival area. Leave time to travel home and rest as you may be quite sore in the following days. Collect any luggage or belongings left in baggage areas before they close. Consider booking a post-marathon recovery package at Park City Hotel in London.


Whether you are running or watching this is an event that you will remember for a very long time after covering its route through the most famous city in the world. With the guidance provided in this article, you will have what it takes to face the day without any fear and make the celebration an unforgettable sporting event. Hope to see you at the line, good luck with all your preparations for the race!