As London gets ready for two London Marathons this year, and tourists and advertisers get ready to select choice landmark photos, we take a look at some of the images runners will get to see during their 26 miles round the capital.
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Your feet feel like they belong to someone else, something else, a dinosaur perhaps, your knees said “goodbye” to you at about 13 miles, and the river of sweat running down your face makes the classic 198Os John McEnroe headband feel less like a fashion disaster and more like a life-saver. Still, running the London Marathon and the pain that goes with it has wonderful visual compensations, such as the following five landmark London images.
1. Tower of London
Marathon running can be torture, but myth has it that the devices held in the Tower of London are unimaginable by your average running coach. The myth is stronger than the reality but there is a device called the rack, used to stretch victims. Long-distance runners are stretchy enough.
2. London Eye
What’s not to like about a Giant Ferris wheel slam bang in the heart of London, overlooking the Palace of Westminster where politicians debate the issues of the day. Runners might like to consider that it rotates at about 0.6mph which after running 26 miles probably feels like, really fast.
3. Trafalgar Square
Named after the Battle of Trafalgar celebrating a British Naval victory over France in the Napoleonic Wars, at its centre is Nelson’s column. The column owes its name to Lord Nelson who commanded the British fleet at Trafalgar. Nowadays Trafalgar Square is famous for its pigeons and drunken revelers in its fountains on New Years Eve.
4. Buckingham Palace
Probably London’s most famous landmark showcased in a variety of Royal Weddings. Runners who have problems keeping time might like to note that Buckingham Palace has 350 clocks and watches, making it one of the largest collections in the world.
5. Big Ben, Palace of Westminster
Tick tock, tick tock the runner can’t escape this clock in the heart of London. Voted on one survey as “Britain’s most iconic film” landmark it’s often an image used in film to immediately signal you are in London. Perhaps its most famous filmic moment was its appearance in the 1978 movie version of John Buchan’s novel, The 39 Steps which was supposedly the number of steps in a clock tower. Running Planet Magazine estimates the Marathon runner takes 42,000 steps so running up the steps on route will cost you time.