DETAILED AIRPORT INSTRUCTIONS
Use Google Maps or the likes to confirm your route before traveling as there may be changes, construction or a faster/better route.
Roughly one hour
Transfer to Terminal 2 or 3
Take the Underground.
Piccadilly line in the direction of Cockfosters
Get off at Russell Square for the Holiday Inn or the Kimpton
Get off at Holborn for the DoubleTree
Walk to the Holiday Inn (200m), the Kimpton (150m), DoubleTree (300m)
Roughly one hour
Take the Thameslink in the direction of Cambridge
Get off at St Pancras International
Transfer to the Underground, Piccadilly line in the direction of Heathrow
Get off at Russell Square
Walk to the Holiday Inn (200m), the Kimpton (150m) or the DoubleTree (400m)
When you arrive at the Assembly Area, be sure that your bib is displayed as only runners may enter this area. Drop off your kit bag if you are using one. Only the clear plastic bags given out by the race organizers are permitted. You’ll collect your kit bag at the finish area.
You’ll line up in your respective waves. No one is permitted to move forwards in the waves and this is strictly policed. However, typically you are permitted to move backwards to run with someone else. I say typically, as it will depend on whether you need to change color areas (not permitted).
As there will be 55,000+ runners and to alleviate the strain of having everyone start at the same time, the TCS London Marathon will be run in waves.
You will each be assigned a Color for your Assembly Area and then a Wave based on your estimated completion time. Even if you use the same estimated completion time as someone else, that doesn’t guarantee you’ll be in the same color or wave.
Do NOT email/phone the London Marathon and request a new color or wave change as they will not permit it.
Click here for extensive information on the race course, as well as a map.
THE FINISH AREA
After crossing the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace, remember to collect your clear plastic kit bag.
PERSONALIZE YOUR SHIRT
Are you interested in having Londoners personalize your run? Write your name on your race shirt (or masking tape) in large letters across your chest and people will call out to you and encourage you as you run!