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Virgin London Marathon 2010


									                       Virgin London Marathon 2010
                       Event guide for Heart Runners

It’s so close to the big day, so to put your mind at ease this helpful little guide will explain everything you
need to know in the run up to marathon day.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about Sunday 25 April. The streets will be lined with over 1
million spectators cheering on over 33,000 runners. This is a truly unique marathon but also a unique way
to see and experience London. We wish you the best of luck with your last few weeks preparation and look
forward to meeting you on the day.

Virgin London Marathon Exhibition
All runners MUST collect their running number from the Marathon Expo, located at the London ExCel
Center. Without your running number you will not be able to take part in the event.

To collect your running number you must take with you a confirmation letter of your running number (which
will be sent to you from the event organisers two weeks before the marathon) and a form of photo ID.

The Expo opening dates and times
Date                          Times
Wednesday 21 April            11am – 8pm
Thursday 22 April             10am – 8pm
Friday 23 April               10am – 8pm
Saturday 24 April             9am – 5pm

Over 70,000 visitors attend the marathon exhibition so we recommend you allow plenty of time for your
visit. Saturday is the busiest day, so if you live in or around London we recommend that you attend before

Getting to the Expo
Address: ExCel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL

By tube: The quickest route to ExCel is on the Jubilee line. If travelling on the Jubilee Line change at
Canning Town station for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and alight at Custom House for ExCel. You
can also take the DLR from Bank or Tower Gateway tube stations to Custom House for ExCel. You can
visit to plan your journey by tube.

By road: ExCeL is located just 1 mile east of Canary Wharf and 1 mile west of London City Airport. Key
road signs to look out for are: ExCeL West, ExCeL, Royal Docks and London City Airport. There is limited
spaces in the pay and display car park onsite.

Visit our BHF stand at the Expo
The Heart Runners Support team will be at the Expo all week, so please stop by to meet the team, sign a
‘love note’ and collect your *Supporter Packs. We would love to meet you to say thank you and to answer
any last minute questions. Visit us on stand number 254.
                                                                                  Pasta Party

London Marathon/ adidas super store
                                                              British Heart Foundation stand!
                                                              Charity Stand no. 254

Event Day Info
Heart Runners Pre Marathon Meeting point
We have managed to secure exclusive access to the Pavilion Tea House in Greenwich Park on the
morning of the marathon!

Situated on the edge of the red start area, the Tea House is just a few minutes walk from the red start line.
The marathon organisers will send out a magazine shortly with information about the start areas and how to
get there. Everyone who has a BHF Charity Place will be starting form the red start area.

 Please drop in to warm up, grab a drink and most importantly use the clean, flushing toilets! This is
exclusive for BHF Heart Runners! To gain access you will be asked to show your BHF Heart Runners
running top.

Please note: Due to security restrictions, the tea house will only be accessible for runners using the
             RED start line. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

       Location: Pavilion Tea House
       Address: Greenwich Park, SW10 8QY
       Access from: 7am
                                                                                Pavilion Tea House

    Greenwich Station
                                              Red Start
                                                           Blue Start
                                                                        Green start
    Bhf Cheering points – we need help from your supporters

    We have organised 4 official BHF Cheering Points along the route of the marathon:

♥   Mile 8/9 – Surrey Quays
♥   Mile 12/13 – Tower Bridge
♥   Mile 18/19 – Canary Wharf
♥   Mile 24/25 – Victoria Embankment.

    We hope that as many Heart Runners’ friends and family will join us at these points to cheer you on.
    These points have been positioned in key locations around the course and will be decked out with BHF
    banners, balloons and a team of BHF volunteers. Our hope is that these points will be extremely visible,
    making it easier for supporters to spot the Heart Runners and for the runners to spot them.

    There is a separate Supporter guide       which is enclosed with this pack with full details of the cheering
    points that you can hand out to your supporters!

    Celebratory Party
    Please come along to our post race reception where we’ll have food and masseurs ready and waiting for
    you! As well as a big cheer! There is an invitation enclosed with this letter, please can you complete this
    and return to us so that we can make suitable catering arrangements. Due to limited space, Heart Runners
    should bring no more than 5 supporters.
  Location: Commonwealth Club, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BJ
  Time: From 12noon
  Nearest station(s): Charing Cross (main line), Embankment (Northern and Bakerloo underground lines),
  Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo underground lines), Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly
  underground lines).

  The finish area                            Recovery Party                 Cheering point 4

  Top tips for Heart Runners
  To make sure our BHF supporters can see you easily the crowd:

♥ Wear your Heart Runner top – this will help you stand out in the crowd!
♥ Write your name on the front of your running top. The support you will receive from cheering points and
   other members of the crowd will be fantastic! If you have indicated the iron on letters you would like to
   receive, you will find them enclosed in this pack. Please contact if you need to
   order yours.
♥ Arrange for your family and friends to go to one or more of the official Heart Runner cheering points. These
   will be extremely visible making it easier for you to spot supporters in the crowd.
♥ Give us a wave as you pass our cheering points – and remember to keep an eye out for us!

  Heart Runner Supporter Packs
  Pick up your free Supporter Pack from the BHF Heart Runners London Marathon Expo stand (number
  254). This contains everything supporters need on race day including t-shirts, bambams and detailed maps.
  To order your Supporter Pack visit www.bhf/heartrunners and go to the London Marathon event page info.

       Good luck and we look forward to meeting you on the day!

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