Frequently Asked Questions - London Landmarks Half Marathon 

LLHM 2021 PLANS

What date is LLHM 2021?

How are you planning to support runners in warmer weather?

What are your plans to make LLHM 2021 safe for runners?

What is the LLHM 2021 theme?

How many runners will be taking part?
 

LLHM 2021 PLACES

How can I take part in LLHM 2021?

How old do I have to be to enter the LLHM?

Can I run for a charity not listed on your website?

RACE DAY QUESTIONS

Where is the start and finish line?

What time will the race start?

Is there a Bag Drop?

Is there a cut off time? 

How will my time be recorded?

Can I use headphones to listen to my music during the LLHM?

Will there be pacers?

Can I run in fancy dress?

Can I take part in my wheelchair?

What is the course elevation and profile?

I-TABS AND MERCHANDISE

Can I purchase an iTab after registering?

When will I receive my iTab?

What happens with my iTab order following the postponement?

Where can I buy LLHM merchandise?

OTHER

Who owns the London Landmarks Half Marathon?

I run a business/community group along the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Is there any way that I can get involved?
 

LLHM 2021 PLANS

What date is LLHM 2021?

LLHM 2021 will now take place on Sunday 1st August

We had been working incredibly hard to try to deliver the race in a socially distanced format in May ensuring a safe race day for everyone. However, in light of the Government’s timeline for easing national restrictions, we believe postponing the race to the summer is the most sensible option to give the event the best chance of going ahead and to protect the huge amount of money the LLHM is aiming to raise for around 200 charities.

How are you planning to support runners in warmer weather?

We understand you may have concerns about running in the summer and we plan to implement extra measures to ensure everyone remains safe, well and hydrated on race day. We will work closely with our medical teams to monitor the weather and have the ability to do the following if required: 

  • Extra water stations on the route
  • Runner showers and mist machines on the course to help runners stay cool - this aids with cooling and means runners can use their drinking water to drink and not pour over their head
  • Increased numbers of staff and ambulances on the route and in medical posts
  • Medical points on the course and at the finish will have a stock of ice, which can be used to assist with cooling
  • The finish area medical point will have large fans enabling air to be blown across the skin to aid with cooling
  • For those who require it, isotonic fluids will be available at the finish medical point to aid the replacement of lost salts during perspiration
  • For those who require, salty foods (such as crisps) will be available at the finish medical point to aid the replacement of lost salts during perspiration

If you are new to running in warmer weather, there’s a few things you can do to make sure you have a great day such as:

  • When training make sure you run with water to mimic event day conditions and get your body used to taking on fluids during exercise 
  • Hydrate well in the days leading up to the event
  • Drink when you are thirsty and don’t try to overhydrate 
  • Drink your drinks and do not pour them over your head to cool down, instead use the on course runners showers that provide a fine mist spray to cool you as you run through them
  • Run to effort, not to pace. Your body works harder in the heat so consider adapting your time goals
  • Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen 

What are your plans to make LLHM 2021 safe for runners?

Whilst we hope that the event can take place without any restrictions in August, we will continue to monitor the pandemic, and together with our colleagues at Westminster City Council, the City of London Corporation and TfL, we will continue to plan for a range of scenarios to ensure that LLHM 2021 can go ahead safely. The safety of all our participants, volunteers, staff, and spectators will always be our number one priority on race day. Please see our Covid Safety page for full details.

What is the LLHM 2021 Theme?

There will be a new one-off theme for LLHM 2021. While participants run past some of London’s most spectacular landmarks, LLHM will be shining a spotlight on the landmark moments of how the nation is coming together during the Covid-19 pandemic. LLHM 2021 will bring to life:

  • The Grand: Celebrating the grand, heroic and incredible actions and services delivered by the nation’s key workers. 
  • The Quirky: Showcasing the quirky and light-hearted moments of lockdown life to make runners smile.
  • The Hidden: Remembering the daily kind gestures of neighbours and small sacrifices made that went unseen. 

We also plan to dedicate a mile of the route to running in memory of loved ones who passed away during the pandemic. Please see here for more details.

How many runners will be taking part?

Our current modelling shows that we can safely accommodate up to 14,500 race starters with social distancing measures in place.

LLHM 2021 PLACES

How can I take part in LLHM 2021?

The LLHM 2021 Public Place Ballot has now closed, but you can still take part in LLHM 2021 by supporting one of our fantastic charity partners.

Tommy's have the largest charity team and would love to welcome you onboard. Tommy's are offering free entry onto their team with a fundraising pledge of £350. Your support would help fund lifesaving research into baby loss and provide pregancy advice at a time of great need. You can secure your free place with Team Tommy's now. 

Alternatively, we have nearly 200 other charity partners with places in the event, so we recommend getting in touch with your chosen charity to find out if they have places available. Our full list of charity partners can be found here

How old do I have to be to enter the LLHM?

You must be 17 or older to take part in LLHM 2021.

Can I run for a charity not listed on your website?

If you have a ballot place, you can run and fundraise for any charity of your choice. If you are looking for a charity place, you will only be able to run for one of our charity partners listed on our website.

If a charity close to your heart isn’t currently partnered with LLHM 2021, we suggest you speak directly to the charity and ask them to get in touch with us to discuss the partnership process. We love welcoming new charities on board and are always interested in hearing from more charities.
 

RACE DAY QUESTIONS

Where is the start and finish line?

Our new Start Line is on Duncannon Street, by the Strand. The Finish Line is on Whitehall.

What time will the race start? 

The first wave will start at 9:20am. Runners will be allocated their wave nearer to race-day.

Will there be a Bag Drop?

Yes, more details will be released closer to the event.

Is there a cut off time? 

You must be able to complete the half marathon distance in 4 hours. After 4 hours the roads will need to re-open and runners will be asked to continue on the pavement.

How will my time be recorded?

Your time will be recorded with UHF Chip technology. Your finish time will be texted to you after crossing the finish line and will be available on the London Landmarks Half Marathon website.

Can I use headphones to listen to my music during the LLHM?

We strongly discourage the use of any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration when competing. This includes, but is not limited to, mobile telephones, personal stereos and MP3 players. We cannot be responsible for accidents resulting from taking part with such equipment. We will have the most fantastic entertainment lined up on the route that you won't want to miss.

Will there be pacers?

We hope there will be pacers on race day, but we won’t be able to confirm this until our social distancing plans for race day have developed further.

Can I run in fancy dress?

Yes you can – we love to see runners in fancy dress! Please be aware of the cut off times to ensure that your fancy dress outfit will not impair your ability to complete the course in this time. If you plan to run in a quirky costume or aim to break a world record, please get in touch with us at [email protected] and let us know.

Can I take part in my wheelchair?

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to accommodate wheelchair athletes but this is something that we are hoping to introduce in subsequent years.

What is the course elevation and profile?

The LLHM route is fast and flat, through central London. The 2021 course is currently being measured by the route team. Please see our previous course profile and elevation, which we do not expect to change significantly.

I-TABS AND MERCHANDISE

Can I purchase an iTab after registering?

If you sign up to LLHM 2021 and would like to order an iTab to make your LLHM finisher’s medal extra special, please follow these steps:

1. Head to https://myevents.active.com and sign-in. You will set up a login when you complete the official registration, if you did not have one before.

2. Find your LLHM 2021 registration and click on it.

3. There will be an option to Purchase Merchandise – click on that.

4. The page will show a list of available merchandise, click on the iTab option.

5. Follow the instructions until you have completed the purchase.

Before you purchase your iTab, please do check that you didn't already order one when you completed your registration by checking your confirmation email.

When will I receive my iTab?

iTabs will be posted to runners after the event.

What happens with my iTab order following the postponement?

If you ordered an iTAB for LLHM 2021, these are your options in light of the postponement:

Option 1: Automatic transfer to new 2021 event date

If you can take part in the postponed event on Sunday 1st August, your iTAB order will automatically transfer to the new event date, and you will receive your customised iTAB after race day.

Option 2: Claim a credit

If you cannot take part on Sunday 1st August, you will be able to claim a credit for your iTAB and use it for LLHM 2022 or any other future event. iTAB will email you directly with instructions on how to claim your iTAB credit. 

If you haven't received an email from iTAB by the end of April 2021, please contact our partner directly on [email protected] and they will be able to help you.

Where can I buy LLHM merchandise?

You can purchase a range of exclusive LLHM merchandise through our online shop.
 

OTHER

Who owns the London Landmarks Half Marathon?

The event is owned by baby charity, Tommy's. Tommy's have created the LLHM to benefit the charity sector and the profits from the LLHM go to Tommy's who organise the race. Tommy's exist to save babies' lives through funding research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

I run a business/community group along the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Is there any way that I can get involved?

Yes, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your involvement.