Assuming that all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted as planned on 19th July, the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) on 1st August will be a very special event. As the first central London race on closed roads since early 2020, there should be a truly amazing atmosphere, even if some precautions remain to ensure a COVID-secure race.
You now have an extra shot at running in that atmosphere, because the organisers are releasing a final set of spots in the race at 2:30pm on Wednesday 23rd July. This is a golden opportunity to sign up for the event, which is always oversubscribed and uses a ballot system to allocate places. These places have become available because some runners are no longer able to take part after the scheduled May event was postponed.
There’s no ballot to worry about on Wednesday, it’s a question of speed, with the places going on a first-come, first-served basis once they are made available on the LLHM website at 2:30pm. It costs £57.50 to enter, with all profits going to baby charity Tommy’s, which organises the LLHM.
As you will have gathered from its name, the route passes plenty of central London landmarks. You’ll run past or get a great view of Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye during the race. This year there are extra attractions along the way that celebrate the ways people came together during the pandemic, such as the Clap for Carers Bridge and Rainbow Road.
We’ve run the event twice and it’s always been a great race to take part in. The course is flat and fast enough to run a PB, though there are quite a few tight twists and turns which ensure you get to see as many landmarks as possible.
If you are concerned about whether the race will be able to go ahead as planned, you can rest assured that if COVID-19 does intervene again and the event can’t take place, all runners will be entitled to a full refund, or can choose to defer their sport to the 2022 event.
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