The first London Landmarks Half Marathon, organised by Tommy’s, took place yesterday (25 March), beating its £4m fundraising target and breaking two Guinness World Records.
The London Landmarks Half Marathon saw close to 10,000 participants, beginning on Pall Mall and finishing on Whitehall near Downing Street, with over 40,000 spectators on the 13.1 mile route, and celebrity support including Amanda Holden and Jenni Falconer. Breaking the record for Fastest Father and Son Combined Time in a Half Marathon were Ben Green and his father Graham Green, who crossed the line in 1 hour 10 minutes and 57 seconds and 1 hour 13 minutes and 50 seconds respectively to win the event. Pardip Minhas from Hayes also set a new Guinness World Record, for Fastest Half Marathon in a Straitjacket with his run of 1 hour 43 minutes and 43 seconds.
The event took in some of London’s most iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye and also promoted some hidden highlights with an emphasis on historical and cultural facts and locations such as the creator of the Bowler Hat, Dr Johnson’s house, Postman’s Park, the Bow Bells and hidden Roman Baths.