Tuesday, May 28

The London Marathon is coming to Tower Hamlets!


Tower Hamlets will see thousands of people race through parts of the borough on 22 April for the highly anticipated annual Virgin Money London Marathon.

For those coming down to catch the live action, you can view start times, suggested viewing spots and how best to get there on the marathon’s spectator info page.

Chief Executive Will Tuckley said:

We are pleased to be a part of such an exciting, world-class event again this year and are looking forward to soaking up the energy on the day.

Students from seven schools in the borough will also be taking part in the Mini London Marathon  run over the last three miles by children between the ages of 11-17, made up of 36 participants.

The Marathon reaches Tower Hamlets 13 miles into the race at the iconic landmark, Tower Bridge. It continues through the borough for a further nine miles, touching West India Dock Rd, Commercial Road and continues through the Isle of Dogs before the home stretch London Bridge to the Mall.

The following areas are affected:

Wapping
The route will pass along The Highway between miles 13 to 14 and again on the opposite carriageway between miles 21 to 22. Free local parking is available for Wapping residents at Bishop Challoner School, from 4pm on Saturday 21 April until 4pm on Sunday 22 April.

Isle of Dogs

Residents on the east and west side of Westferry Road will be able to exit onto Westferry Road and travel south to Manchester Road until 9:45am on Sunday 22 April. From 9:45am no vehicle movements will be possible until after 2pm.

Canary Wharf

The Marathon route through Canary Wharf is unchanged from 2017. Westferry Road and Heron Quays have ongoing building work and spectators should plan their visit. Shops, cafes, restaurants and transport links remain open.

See this link  for more detail on road closures and re-opening times.

Find out more about the planned DLR Strike:

Public transit is strongly recommended for runners and spectators; however, a DLR strike is planned for four days from 4am on Friday 20 April until 4am on Tuesday 24 April.

Transport for London has said it will work with the DLR operator, KeolisAmey Docklands to provide as much of a service as possible, but it’s best to check the journey planner  for the most up-to-date travel options.

This Londonist  website also gives information about the planned strike.

Information for Tower Hamlets residents can be found on our website.

For more information on the London Marathon visit: www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/

-Press realise