The London Marathon


London Marathon 2010 hits Deptford Fun City by MusicTouristBoard

Prompted by a question on Brockley Central's Twitter, we're throwing open the question of where's best to watch the London Marathon locally.


Blackheath gives you the build-up, Greenwich is a short walk away and Deptford has its own sound system. Where will you be watching the Marathon - and which of you are running it?

18 comments:

Duncan said...

Sorry. I can't resist asking for a final sponsorship plea. I'm running for Guys and St Thomas Hospital (and the Evelina) Here is a film about my training....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbNStMeZij4

and thanks again to those in Brockley who have already sponsored me..

Running Nutter said...

I'm running it too.

i'd say island gardens and or CW is good place to go from brockley.

Anonymous said...

Got to be in a pub with a pint.

Steven said...

If you're sharp on your toes, you can go and see off friends or loved ones at Blackheath, as they disappear into the thronging masses of bin bags.

Then jog downhill to Greenwich, getting the right side of the road so that you have clear access to the foot tunnel (if it is open), arriving in time to catch the leaders going through, and hanging on for the first of the fun runners.

And then disappear under the Thames, popping up to catch the field again.

Depending how long you linger at Greenwich, you may miss the leaders if you try to get them as they head eastwards towards Canary Wharf.

But because the course doubles back on itself here, if you pick a spot in Wapping you can certainly catch them as they head back from Canary Wharf, with the finish less than five miles to go.

And you might even find a course-side pub to position yourself as you while away the rest of the morning and lunchtime waiting for your friends to come through.

Darryl said...

East Greenwich - around 6 miles - is a good spot, won't have the crowds of the town centre and the runners have spread out a bit by then. The same would apply for the Creek Road side of Deptford.

As Steven says, if you're anywhere between Greenwich Park and Woolwich, of course, you can effectively see it twice (or at least the fun runners) if you can nip down the hill - that's what I'll be doing since I'm in that cordon. The mass of fun runners can get overwhelming around the 1 mile mark though.

Otherwise, a lazy ride on the DLR's a good way to see it snake its way through the Isle of Dogs.

Anonymous said...

I like the way they are called fun runners,i dont see anything funny about running 26 miles.

Lep Recorn said...

Two Brockley Butterflies will be running this year . . . all donations welcome.

http://www.justgiving.com/Fintan-Culwin

http://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Bottono

Running Nutter said...

well said, nothing fun about running 26 miles

Creek Roadster said...

A few years ago I wandered down my road at around 10.30 and stood in the lazy Crossfielder's favourite position opposite the Duke on Creek Road and saw my friend Angela run past. Then I walked to New Cross station (Deptford closed - engineering works, typical) and got a train to Waterloo and walked to Tate Modern to meet an old friend who was coming up from Canterbury. But he called to say he couldn't make it (because the trains were a mess), so I went across the Millennium Bridge and caught up with the Marathon, where I saw Angela pass by again...

In previous years, I would've been on the other side of the road in The Duke with other boozy Creeksiders whilst a band played precariously on the first floor ledge overlooking the road. There will probably be a similar party atmosphere at The (new) Duke tomorrow.

Thanks to the fun runners, it's quite a long session, unlike the Tour de France not so long ago, which (inevitably) passed through Deptford in the blink of an eye, leaving the boozers at the John Evelyn pub (and the Lewisham Council sponsored imported French market in the Evelyn triangle) wondering what happened...

A long time ago I watched it from the house overlooking the Cutty Sark, where the architect owner received guests from 8pm to drink wine, and his trad jazz band played on the balcony all morning. Heady dayz.

In recent years, I've watched it on the telly, waiting to see what's going on at Creek Road, but there are never any TV cameras at this spot, even on the elite runners.

More recently I've worn earplugs to bed since the helicopters start early...

Lou Baker said...

Stay in bed and don't bother.

Marathon Sunday is awful. A chance for a few thousand attention seekers in fancy dress to bring chaos to the capital.

Instead we should all be more generous to charities for the rest of the year and we should banish the runners to Swindon.

Lou didn't get any last night. said...

I wonder what it's like being Lou? What a god awful view of the world. Joyless, cynical, selfish, arrogant and completely devoid of any emotion that could be described as optimistic. London hosts the greatest mass participation athletics event in the world, it's televised throughout the world and is a fabulous advert of a dynamic city.

I really thing you ought to move to Swindon and leave those who are glad and proud to live in London alone.

Anonymous said...

The best place to watch the marathon is at the bottom of Deptford High St. The Harp sets up a massive sound system playing reggae, ska , roots, bashment etc.

Great for the crowd and the runners. A very appropriate welcome from SE8.

DJ said...

Lou is basically just a bit of a sad case - desperate for any attention he can get by making 'look at me I'm so controversial' statements on a local messageboard.
Try to ignore him - clearly the rest of the world does which is why he spends so much time ranting on here.

Back on topic - well done to all the runners.

Lep Recorn said...

Maria the Brockley Butterfly running her third marathon (all London) cut 15 min off her personal best and finished in 5h29m45s. Of course I was probably all down to her pacer :-))

http://www.flickr.com/photos/trudiknight/5629398110

Duncan said...

A big thank you to those who sponsored me. It was hotter than predicted and tough going but I managed 03.56.18.
Best, Duncan (marathon man film)

Anonymous said...

Well done, under 4 hrs is good going!

Chris said...

Having run yesterday, I would say anywhere with music playing or a big crowd is a fantastic spot to be. Deptford and Greenwich were awesome! But even when the crowd thins out they still shout and that really helps!

Running Nutter said...

Phew what a scorcher - managed 4.35.
Determined to get under 4 for next year, so lots more running around the neighbourhood on the agenda for the coming months

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