Test Run Completed For London Marathon Course

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 30, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Olympians will be running past many of London's famous landmarks next year. Photo: AFP

Olympians will be running past many of London's famous landmarks next year. Photo: AFP

Thirty-nine runners took to the streets this morning to try it out.

The new London Marathon course got a big thumb’s up on Monday. The route, which winds through the historic part of the British capital, was tested by 39 runners who took to the streets before dawn.

The course begins and ends at The Mall, which is the famous boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace. The route also passes other historic landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The first runner to cross the line, Chris Finill, had this to say about the course: “It’s designed to showcase the city and it does that well. It is a very cleverly selected route and will be popular with viewers and runners alike.”

Debbie Jevans, director of sport for the London Olympic organizing committee added: “We were testing the technology and timing all the way round and it worked very well. What was run today will pretty much be the course, because the feedback from the athletes has been so positive.”

The course is to be used for three events at the games: the marathon, the race walk, and road cycling.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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