London Marathon Inspired Running Routes
Feeling inspired by the upcoming London Marathon? Or just looking to get fit and shape up for your summer beach bod? Well, we've got the top 5 routes for running around London. Check it out and share with your friends - feel free to send us in some snaps of your hard work too!
From Parliament to the dogs' home
If you live in Clapham or Battersea, rather than battling the overcrowded trains each day, try the Westminster to Battersea Loop run. At just over 6m, the run follows the Thames Path to the beautiful Battersea Park. From there, via the Albert Bridge, follow the water past the Battersea Power Station while you still can.
The four royals
For anyone who is lucky enough to live in running distance of any of the four parks, there are a host of green routes available to you in the middle of the city. It's no surprise that the Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the world’s most popular as runners can take in vast ponds, gardens, and the giant Kensington Palace. There are so many choices across Hyde, Green and St. James’ park, but any trip must include the iconic Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, and the Mall, where next week’s London Marathon ends.
Run to the Heath
Heading home to north London, runners are able to take in Regent's Park, around ZSL London Zoo, before working their way up to ‘The Heath’, and to one of the most stunning views across all of London at the top of Parliament Hill. This hilly trek will certainly work up a sweat, but it will definitely be worth it.
Heading to the City
Heading east from Tower Bridge, the Thames Path goes through Bermondsey before reaching the edge of the City as you head down Lower Road towards Canada Water and Surrey Quays. One great option is to follow the water around, heading to Greenwich and the iconic O2, but if you’re wanting a more urban trail then head south towards Peckham and the Rye Park & Common, which is split by the River Peck.
Anyone for tennis?
Whether you work in Soho, the City or Kings Cross, the route to Wimbledon is one of the most beautiful in the capital, passing some of the up-and-coming areas to live including Putney, Earlsfield and Southfields. Heading down Piccadilly, runners will quickly be on Brompton Road and feeling touristy as they go past the Hyde Park, Harrods and then to Fulham and Chelsea Football Club. The route then takes a steep twist as runners head up Putney Hill before reaching Wimbledon Common and the famous Windmill. From here, there are so many options, heading around SW19 and Wimbledon’s tennis courts, going off road across the Common towards Richmond or head through the Village and its quaint shops.