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Dust down your tracksuit bottoms. Blow the cobwebs off your trainers. Throw on your threadbare sports top and leg it down to the London Marathon.


Wait! Don't panic! I'm not suggesting you actually run the race. No, no, no. The idea is that you simply go along and watch. Phew! That's alright then, eh.

Of course, if you do want to put your body through 26 miles of torture, that's your choice, and thousands do indeed do it every year. But if you're the type that needs a long lie down whenever the thought of vigorous exercise envelops you, then how about enjoying the spectacle of others putting themselves through it instead? You never know, it might even inspire you to join the event next year….sorry, need another lie down?

The London Marathon first started in 1981, a time when running as a hobby was a pretty rare thing. Now it seems almost everyone's at it, which explains why the race is oversubscribed every year, despite there being places for more than 30,000 runners.


Participants each run for their own personal reasons - some for charity, some for fitness, some for fun, some for a personal challenge, and some because they want to know what it's like to hit the wall.


The day is a wonderful spectacle, with thousands of people lining the route which takes in a long list of London landmarks, including Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.


Enjoy the carnival atmosphere across London town, and shout words of encouragement to the passing runners. They'll be glad to hear from you.


With the runners taking an average of around three-and-a-half hours to complete the course, you can comfortably make your way on foot, by tube or boat to a number of viewing points, for example, at the start (in Blackheath) and finish (The Mall). You could even enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake at a cafe in between.
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Why? It's a great day of free fun and entertainment.
When: Sunday 22nd April, 2012.
Where: See article for details of route.
Cost: Free to watch.
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