This Sunday marks the 34th annual London Marathon, normally held in the spring of each year. A gruelling race of 26.2 miles in and around the centre of London, thousands of people attend each year to race and hundreds of thousands crowd around the track or watch from their TV sets at home in order to support the runners and follow the race live.
It is one of the largest marathon events worldwide and raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for a number of different charities every year.
Although many of the runners will go in normal running attire, various characters may be seen running around the track, including Pudsey bear running for Children in Need, people in home made costumes and themed running groups who have simply dressed up for a bit of fun.
You can no longer apply to run in the London Marathon for this year, but you can hire a coach or a minibus to London and head down there on the day to support the runners.
The race commences in Greenwich Park at 9:45am and curves around London, finishing outside Buckingham Palace at 13:45pm. Currently the fastest time for the marathon stands at 2:04:40 by Emmanuel Mutai in 2011 for the men’s runners, and for the women’s runners the fastest time was 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003.