Race date: Sunday 25th March 2018
Race report by Daniel Cubitt
The inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon took place on Sunday 25th March 2018. The race is owned by baby charity, Tommy’s and is a brand new, closed road, central London run. It is the only half marathon to go through both the City of London and City of Westminster.
The 10,000 race places sold out within an hour or so last April, despite the hefty £50 price tag. Closing all those London roads obviously doesn’t come cheap. The entry fee also got participants a race t-shirt and kit bag through the post in the race pack prior to the event, and an impressive-looking medal which opens up to reveal an image of the route on the inside. An app was released for live tracking and race photos made available through the app for free.
As for the route, it started on Pall Mall, finished near Downing Street and took runners past, amongst others, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.
Personally, if the price tag doesn’t put you off, I’d wholeheartedly recommend the race. A fast route with definite PB potential, excellent organisation, well supported throughout, activities for spectators during the race and lots to look while running at if you can get your head up to enjoy it every now and then!
9,652 people finished the race, which was won by Ben Green in 01:10:57. Interestingly, 2nd place went to his Dad, Graham Green in 01:13:50, apparently setting a new world record for fastest father and son combined half marathon time! The first lady to cross the line was Joanne McCandless in 01:22:42.
Two Striders (that we know of, Club not listed on the results) made the trip for the race. Well done!
Results can be found online here
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Daniel on his way to a very impressive 37th place finish