One Man’s Take On The 2012 Olympic Marathon Course

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 2, 2011
Paul Fernandez gives the Olympic Marathon course a thumb's up. Photo Oxford Mail

Paul Fernandez gives the Olympic Marathon course a thumb's up. Photo Oxford Mail

He says don’t expect to see a world record there.

After experiencing the London Olympic Marathon course firsthand, Paul Fernandez expects it will be a tactical race. Last weekend, he was one of 45 athletes invited to try out the course as part of an official test run.

The race will be a scenic one, taking competitors past London’s famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Here’s what Fernandez had to say about the route: “It is a three-ish loop route, so if you miss the photo opportunity first time round you have two more chances to get your camera out. It is a winding course, so I would not expect a world record, but with plenty of cornering it could be a tactical race, with breaks being made off one of the many bends.”

He also notes that the race will be good for spectating.

It appears security is not lacking on the course. When Fernandez took part in the test run, he said the police were everywhere. “Even when I went to the toilet around 12 miles the police waited and escorted me as I ran back to the pack – again something you do not get in every run!”

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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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