London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) is unlike any other race in the UK. After 10,000 took part in the inaugural event in 2018 and more than 12,000 finished in 2019, the limit was raised to 14,000 – which was 15 times over-subscribed in the general ballot for 2020!
It is still possible to be on the start line for the event on Sunday 29 March. Running for one of the many charities involved could see you join 14,000 others in the only closed road half marathon that goes through both the City of London and City of Westminster, starting on Pall Mall and finishing near 10 Downing Street – the scene of plenty of activity this week!
Course highlights include Nelson's Column, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London and Big Ben. However, the LLHM strap-line: “The Grand. The Quirky. The Hidden”, gives a few clues to the unusual historic gems that can be uncovered, such as Guy Fawkes’ house, Britain’s smallest police station, St Mary-Le-Bow Church and London’s oldest shop.
Charity is the beating heart of this race, which started as an idea in 2014 by the baby charity Tommy's, with a need to double their annual fundraising from £4 million. Since LLHM launched in 2018 more than £12million has been raised, as race director Lia Fyles explains:
“What makes the London Landmarks Half Marathon so special is that the event is 100% not-for-profit, with every penny going back to supporting the amazing work done by the charities. This year we want to encourage even more people to be part of this incredible event and run for a charity close to their heart. The first two years of the event have already helped raise £12.2m – just think what we can achieve in the future with 215 charities now on board.”
Music stations, cheer stations, musical performances, historical tours and treasure hunts all combine to make LLHM a unique addition to the distance running calendar. Savour the highlights from last year in this short video.