London Marathon

One of my favorite events in Boston was the Boston Marathon.  We lived right on the marathon route and each year we would throw a party and enjoy the race and festivities.  Today was the first year in six years I wasn’t able to watch the fun in Boston. However, yesterday I watched the London marathon.  I don’t live on the route, but we headed into town and camped out on a rooftop bar.

The crowds were fun to watch.

You can see Big Ben through the trees.

We could also see the River Thames.

For those who haven’t watched a marathon from beginning to end, you may not know that there are certain stages.  First to come by are the wheelchair competitors.  Now I am amazed by all of the participants in a marathon.  Yet I think I am most impressed by the wheelchair racers.  To overcome such an obstacle is absolutely amazing.

Next to come through are the elite female runners.

Right on their heels are the elite male runners.

Then the runners start to bunch up…they are still competing to make good times to qualify for next year.

And then you have the people who even though they are running a marathon still like to have fun.  I admire their spirit!

These photos were taken near the finish line where the runners meet up with friends and family.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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57 Responses to London Marathon

  1. Beth Ann says:

    That is awesome!!!! I have never watched one though I have a friend who just ran the Boston last week for the second time. Amazing.
    Great pictures you shared today!!! Thanks!

    • TBM says:

      I do miss the Boston marathon! Good for your friend…twice. I can’t comprehend that! I get tired watching them 🙂 And some of them look like they are in so much pain.

  2. Great pictures. Looks like a great event to people watch. I love to do that. And I miss London again. Sigh.

  3. orples says:

    I love the guys in the green wigs and skirts … they have a lot of spunk to get out there and display themselves in such silly attire. It looks like everyone had a blast! 🙂

  4. A very colorful post–in many ways!

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Love the post and the pictures! I ran the Twin cities marathon in 2001 and also did part of Chicago. I killed myself trying to qualify for Boston and missed it by a mere 1.8 minutes! Silly me couldn’t walk, sit without pain or run for a year after. That was my first and last marathon trying to chase a dream. Great post!

    • TBM says:

      Oh man that sucks about the Boston one. 1.8 minutes. At least you tried! You did sacrifice a lot for your dream, but at least you did it. I’ve never even tried. And with my bum knee I don’t think I could. Good for you!

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Well, that was when I was 28 and I would never do one now. They are not good for the body nor really is running. I just do my 3-5 miles four to five times a week and that’s enough. No more long distances! What is even better though is that my dad did it with me and he is 30 years older and was only ten minutes or so behind me! I’ve got a great role model to look up to! 🙂

      • TBM says:

        Wow…good for you two! I have issues with running, I enjoy it, but have a bad knee. For the past two months I’ve only been able to go for long walks. I wish I could run, but the pain just isn’t worth it. At least I can walk 2-4 miles a day…that will have to do. I would love to be able to run 3-5 miles though. Keep up the good work!

  6. leamuse says:

    Thanks for following one of my blogs. While I have never participated in a marathon, we do have a cycling race that comes through the village in July. Tour de France is huge here and everyone celebrates.

  7. Gilly Gee says:

    I like the idea of watching from a bar!

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Fun! Awesome you were able to attend!

  9. Jo Bryant says:

    These are great shots of the marathon…I love the last one…the looks an the guys faces are fabulous.

    • TBM says:

      I was surprised by how many of the runners were just wandering around. I would be on the ground…and there might be a few tears.

  10. scrapydo says:

    Lovely post. It was as if I could enjoy the event with you. Thanks for sharing

  11. niasunset says:

    These are wondeerful photographs carrying the spirit of this day… I enjoyed so much. Thank you dear TBM, with my love, nia

  12. Happy Runner says:

    Great photos! I love the London Marathon. The costumes make this such a fun event to watch and it draws the best of the elite runners, too. 🙂

  13. cobbies69 says:

    fab post, Me and my wife both enjoy the marathon on tv. great pictures…;)

  14. I wish I liked running. Dancing is more my style. But I love your pics.

  15. I would love to have the commitment to run a marathon. I’m too all over the place with my work out regime. One day. . .

  16. Valentina says:

    You must see The Bay-To-Breaker in San Francisco. Every year we have about 100 thousand people participating, everything and anything is allowed.

  17. Looks fun!!! I’ve never even thought of attending such an event!! My instinct would be to stay as far away as possible!! 🙂 **

    • TBM says:

      Trust me, it is safe…they won’t make you run. I was surprised by my first marathon that I watched. I thought it would be boring, but it is anything but boring 🙂

  18. zelmare says:

    it looks like you had the perfect spot from which to view all the excitement. Looking at these elite runners, they seem to all fit the same physical description. I’m so glad I look nothing like them, because then i might just have had to run marathons as well… 😉

  19. Novroz says:

    The devilman is a jackpot 😉 love seeing man so brave like him 😉
    It looks like you have fun watching the marathon…do join them one day 😉

    • TBM says:

      I don’t know if my knee would hold up for an entire marathon. I’ve been through physical therapy and such for it. I think my best bet is to keep walking Miles every day.

      I chuckled when I saw the devil…I would run from him as well. People had fun and I love seeing that.

  20. vuitrenbanphim says:

    I love the church top photo

  21. Myra GB says:

    Look at those runners! Such sculpted bodies! I’ve been running more regularly over the past two weeks now (ran for three days straight now) and doing Pilates in the evenings – and the regular Saturday Sivananda Yoga. It has cleared my head and made me feel even more alive. Hope I can keep it up. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      That’s great…you are doing a lot more than I am. It has been raining for the past week off and on and I’m missing my walks with my dog. He hates the rain. Hates it! Keep up the good work!

  22. Robin says:

    Watching a marathon looks like great fun. I’ve had “running a marathon” on my bucket list for a while, but I think I may change it to “watching a marathon.” 😉

    • TBM says:

      I never had running a marathon on my list…but I will keep watching one on it. It is a riot and also inspirational. Maybe it will get you motivated to fulfill your dream.

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