In April 2018, Queen Elizabeth II pushed the start button for the London marathon from the splendid lawns of Windsor Castle. It was from that same spot that 110 years earlier, the official distance of the famous race was set at 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometres. During the 1908 Olympic Games, King Edward VII requested that the race finish in front of the royal box at the White City Stadium. On the other side of the course, the royal family wanted to watch the start of the race from the grounds of Windsor Castle. As a result, the original 40 kilometres of the legendary ancient race had to be slightly extended.
Since then, the iconic event has gripped the whole world. From Cape Town where the Two Oceans ultra-marathon covers 56 kilometres to New York which has the largest number of participants on its skyscraper-lined route, runners from all over the world never miss an opportunity to race through the most spectacular settings.