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Get ready for the London Marathon

18th February 2014

If you've been watching the Winter Olympics over the past week or so and all the excitement has left you wanting to get a little closer to the action then you may want to consider taking a trip to the capital this spring for the London Marathon.

Although registration for participants in the event is now closed, simply being on the streets of London and watching the runners come past as you line the route is set to be a fantastic experience in itself, with the atmosphere always electric at this annual celebration of sport and charity.

The route - which is of course 26.2 miles long - also takes in some of the city's most popular sites, running through the centre of London, past monuments like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and much more - so it's a great way to do a bit of sightseeing at the same time as soaking up the energy of the crowd.

What's more, there are always loads of celebrities present at the event - both in the crowd and among the runners - so attending the London Marathon is always good for a bit of star-spotting.

As well as the many fun runners who are set to test their endurance in the name of charity - many wearing outrageous fancy dress - all of the world's top professional long-distance runners will also be competing at the London Marathon.

This year is particularly exciting for fans of the sport as Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will be taking part in the full marathon for the first time, having only completed half of the course last year.

The 2014 London Marathon is scheduled to take place on April 13th, so make sure you get yourself in place bright and early if you want to get a good viewing spot.

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