London Marathon - Golden Bond Places

Running a marathon is an enormous personal achievement. Our London Marathon Golden Bond runners not only complete one of the most famous races in the world, but also raise funds to support some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.

When applications closed on 6th May 2016 a record number of 253,930 had registered for a ballot place in the 2017 event. This is an increase of more than 6,000 from the previous record for the 2016 event.


Key Facts

people have completed every London Marathon since 1981

the oldest person (Fauja Singh) to complete the marathon

raised by Brathay Golden Bond runners

runners in 37 years


The route starts from south of the Thames and passes through Greenwich before crossing the river over Tower Bridge. It then continues through central London before finishing in glory in front of Buckingham Palace.

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London Start

In 2017 40,382 runners set off from Greenwich Park in south-east London to enjoy the incredible atmosphere of this inspiring city marathon. Every year Brathay 10in10 club members take part in yet another marathon and aspiring 10in10ers often use London as a last training run before their 262 miles around Windermere the following month.

Brathay is also represented by our Gold Bond runners, raising funds to help some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Cutty Sark

The spectacular backdrop of Cutty Sark is one of the first major landmarks encountered by runners on the routeGreenwich is always pulsing with spectators, live music and a carnival atmosphere as runners pass this important part of maritime history.

Having supported their runner spectators are then able to cut a corner through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to pick up the race again between miles 16 and 17.

Tower Bridge


Tower Bridge is particularly popular with the media and spectators as runners are cheered between miles 12 and 13 and again as they return along East Smithfield on their way to mile 23.

In 2016 BBC presenter Ore Oduba was speechless when Brathay athlete Ellen Iaquaniello appeared from nowhere to promote her marathon appeal to support vulnerable young people!

Marsh Wall

Jonathan Lee

At mile 18 runners are now over two thirds of the way to completing the marathon. With less than 10 miles to go this is where a well planned training plan will deliver rewards....or where things start to fall apart!

Brathay supporter and Gold Bond runner Jonathan Lee (pictured left) is still smiling on his way to Canary Wharf.

The Highway, Shadwell

London The Highway

With glycogen stores bottoming out, it's now that you might be facing up to the dreaded 'wall'. This is when you need those hours (and hours and hours) of training to come into play. Runners who haven't prepared properly can start to go into anaerobic respiration, when there's too little oxygen reaching the muscles. The killer by-product of this is lactic acid, causing acute pain and muscle cramps.

But all is not's here that the crowds will be really willing you on through those final few miles to the finish.

The Mall

Chris London

In 2016 history was made as the one millionth London Marathon finisher crossed the world famous finish line on The Mall #oneinamillion. Every one of the one million plus runners who have completed this iconic city marathon will have their own inspirational story to tell, with the majority of them raising funds to help a huge number of worthwhile causes.

Chris Heaton (pictured left) completed the 26.2 mile course in full business attire raising significant funds to help vulnerable children and young people. Chris is a generous supporter of Brathay's work and no newcomer when it comes to running the magical 26.2 miles. He crossed the finish line as runner number 988,149 on the historical list (1981 to 2016).


101  Angela Oldham 2017

Angela Oldham, 10in10 2017 finisher, in the running for sporting award

As if finishing a 10in10 wasn't a big enough achievement

Brathays Jacqui Wallace L Linda Stone R Handing Out Medals At The Marathon Finish Line

It’s all about the bling

New medal design for ASICS Windermere Marathon

Asics Windermere Marathon 2017

The 11th Brathay 10in10 and ASICS Windermere marathon

A celebration of willpower, friendship and inspiring stories.


A special thank you to Pete Bland Sports who are sponsoring our London Marathon Golden Bond runners for 2018.

Pete Bland Logo


Whatever your stage of training, whether new to marathon running or an experienced runner, we have a training plan suitable to support your training needs.

Other events

If a big city marathon isn't for you we have other events which may better suit your goals, whether a longer or shorter distance. You may also prefer a cycling or rowing event.


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