Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II will start the 2018 London Marathon
40,000 runners will have to pass 26.2 miles from Blackheath to The Mall
- March 28, 2018 18:35
- Monika Dimitrova
On Sunday 22 April, The Queen will step onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00 am. In the famous marathon will participate 40,000 runners, they have to pass 26.2 miles from Blackheath to The Mall. In 2018, 110 years after the 1908 Olympic Marathon was started at Windsor Castle by the then Princess Mary, grandmother to The Queen.
The 1908 marathon, the showpiece finale of the Olympic Games, was the first marathon to be held over the classic 26.2 mile distance. Opinions differ on why this distance was chosen, with historians suggesting the extra 385 yards were included either to finish the race in front of the Royal Box at the White City stadium, or to start the race in front of the Royal nursery at Windsor.