Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

April 22, 2013 01:00 ET

Asda Money Offers Top Tips for Those Heading to London for the Marathon

Asda Money reveals that an estimated 37,500(1) amateur athletes, and elite sportsmen and women participated in the 2012 London Marathon and with high-profile figures such as Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah in attendance at this year's event(2) on April 21st; the 33rd London marathon could see a similar or greater turnout this year.

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - April 22, 2013) - As well as those testing their endurance on the 26.2 mile course2 the 2013 Virgin London marathon will also be attended by scores of well-wishers and friends and family members who will get to cheer the runners on from the sidelines, and be right at the heart of the action.

With this in mind Asda Money offers some tops tips3 for how spectators can prepare themselves for the big day.

Plan your timings

If spectators are keen to see runners as they pass by particular points on the course, then it is essential that they look at the race timings guide to identify where and when they will need to be on the lengthy marathon route stretching across the Thames.

Check public transport details before you leave

Getting to the London marathon via London Underground, South Eastern and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is advisable, as many roads will be closed on the actual day of the race. As the London Marathon takes place on a Sunday it is also important to factor in any planned engineering works on the day, as these usually take plan on the weekend. This could also include trains coming into London if your journey begins outside of the capital.

As platforms and stations may become overcrowded due to the sheer number of spectators attending the race, it's also important to factor in times when stations may need to be closed for short periods because of congestion.

Dress sensibly and travel light

Wearing comfortable clothing and footwear and a waterproof jacket are essential on the day, to avoid getting drenched by potential April showers.

Although you may want to bring essentials such as drinks and snacks on your journey, leaving valuables at home and travelling light will mean that you are able to move quickly and safely through the crowds.

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