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Take part in this fun annual event and help raise money for charity.
The Flora London Marathon
London Marathon is the UK's top one-day charity fundraising event, an estimated £187 million has being raised for various charities since 1981. Bi-annually London Marathon Ltd conducts a survey of the competitors. The 2002 survey showed £31 million had been raised for charity by 76% of the runners.
There is no other marathon in the world that comes close to the Flora London Marathon in its mass appeal as a charity fundraising event. Tens of thousands of individuals, many novice runners, take up the London Marathon challenge in order to raise funds for charities close to their hearts.
The event also has a charity-side of its own, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which part and wholly funds sports and recreation facilities throughout London. Since the first London Marathon in 1981 over £10.8 million has been given in grants by the Trust to local community projects. The official charity of the Flora London Marathon 2003 is Shelter, the national charity who campaign for the homeless and badly housed people.
The inaugural London Marathon was held on March 29 1981, proving an instant success. More than 20,000 people applied to run, with 7,747 accepted and 6,255 crossing the finishing line at Birdcage Walk.
From that day on, the race never ceases to grow in quality, numbers and popularity. In 2002 a new total of 45,500 were accepted with a record 32,899 receiving a Finishers Medal. To date more than half a million people have completed the London Marathon.
The original inspiration for the London Marathon came when former Olympian Chris Brasher witnessed the USA marathon boom first hand. After running in New York in 1979, Brasher vowed that London would also share in the exhilaration of staging a major race over the mythical distance. Gillette stepped in as sponsors injecting an invaluable £50,000.
The London Marathon Company has its own Charitable Trust deriving profits from its three main promotions throughout the year: The Marathon, The JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge and the Flora Light Women's Challenge.
For most runners it is the spectators and entertainers around the Flora London Marathon course that help to keep them on the move. The festival atmosphere is added to by an array of bands and street entertainers - the Race offers something for everyone, young and old, running or not running - it is a 26.2 mile long street party and everyone is invited.
History of the London Marathon
The idea for the London Marathon was conceived by the former Olympic Champion Chris Brasher in 1979 hours after running the New York Marathon. Chris had wrote an article for The Observer that began:
"To believe this story you must believe that the human race be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible. Last Sunday, in one of the most trouble-stricken cities in the world, 11,532 men and women from 40 countries in the world, assisted by over a million black, white and yellow people, laughed, cheered and suffered during the greatest folk festival the world has seen."
Chris was moved by the sight of so many people coming together for such an occasion and he concluded the article with,
" . whether London could stage such a festival?"
To make the London Marathon a reality, Brasher made trips to America to study the race organisation and finance of New York and Boston Marathons. He then established the organisation's charitable status and secured a £50 000 contract with Gillette. Brasher then set down six main aims for the event so that the London Marathon would echo the scenes he had seen in New York and proved that Britain is a country that is capable of organising major events.
The London Marathon became an instant success as 20 000 applied to run on 29th March 1981. 7747 people were accepted that year and 6255 crossed the finish line on Constitution Hill, cheered on by crowds who lined the streets.
Now the London Marathon has continued to grow in size and popularity each year as more people apply to race and many more people are accepted. A record 32 899 people crossed the line in 2002.
Entry to the London Marathon
As the London Marathon continues to grow in popularity, there are a number of ways that applicants can apply to enter:
- Through an entry form in August in the Marathon News which is available in all major high street sports shops.
- The London Marathon allocates many charities entries into the race, this means that charities can offer them to people who have been unsuccessful in the main ballot system. You will need to register with a charity before December.
- Overseas entries to the London Marathon will need to contact Sports Tours International or telephone 0161 7038161.
- Championship Qualifying Performance.
- Wheelchair users can enter the race by contacting Disability Sport England.
Spectators to the London Marathon
If you are not running in the London Marathon, you can cheer the runners on. Crowds of around half a million people will line the course and the festival atmosphere will make it a very enjoyable event to attend. Pubs will provide entertainment and there will be an array of bands and street entertainers.
So, as a runner or entertainer, we hope to see you in London Marathon!
For more information visit www.london-marathon.co.uk
Every year, The Georgian House Hotel has the pleasure to have a good number of runners staying with us, so why not come to the Georgian House Hotel and be part of the team. We have special offers for those that participate at the London Marathon. To find out more, please click here.
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to London for the London Marathon? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438