Sports Listings: Sunday / Athletics: Nutrasweet London Marathon, Blackheath to Pall Mall

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The Independent Online
NEARLY 36,000 runners will take to the streets of the capital for the 13th London Marathon ranging from top-class athletes to charity joggers.

There is plenty of British interest with Eamon Martin defending the men's title. He faces stiff opposition in the Kenyan Douglas Wakiihuri, who won the race in 1998, and Juma Ikaanga of Tanzania. The 1993 winner Katrin Dorre, of Germany, heads the women's field, which also includes Lisa Ondiecki and the Ukrainian Tatiana Djabrailova.

The finish has been changed this year with the runners finishing in The Mall rather than on Westminster Bridge.

Route: Red Start (main field, 9.30am): Charlton Way, Charlton Road, The Village, Little Heath, Hillreach, Artillery Place, John Wilson Street, Woolwich Church Street. Blue Start (Elite women, 9.05am. Elite men, 9.30am, wheelchairs 9.20am): Shooters Hill Road, Charlton Park Lane, Ha Ha Road, Grand Depot Road, John Wilson Street, Woolwich Church Street. Green Start (Seniors, 9.30am): St John's park, Old Dover Road, Shooters Hill Road (Then as Blue start).

Merge: Woolwich Road, Trafalgar Road, Romney Road, King William's Walk, Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich Church Street, Creek Road, Evelyn Street, Lower Road, Redriff Road, Salter Road, Brunel Road, Jamaica Road, Tooley Street, Tower Bridge, Mansell Street, Royal Mint Street, Cable Street, Butchers Row, Commercial Road, West India Dock Road, Poplar High Street, Trafalgar Way, South Colonade, West India Avenue, West Ferry Circus, Marsh Wall, Limeharbour, East Ferry Road, West Ferry Road, Limehouse Causeway, Narrow Street, The Highway, Thomas More Street, St Katharine's Way, Tower of London Wharf, Lower Thames Street, Upper Thames Street, Victoria Embankment, Parliament Square, Great George Street, Birdcage Walk, The Mall.

Best vantage points: The start of Blackheath (Blackheath or Greenwich BR). Merge of the starts: Woolwich Church Street (4 miles). Cutty Sark. Greenwich (7 miles; first runner expected 9.46am; runners will pass by for about an hour; from here spectators can take the foot tunnel to the south side of the river and pick up the race in Docklands at the 18-mile stage). Tower Bridge (12 miles; Circle or District underground to Tower Hill, Northern Line or BR to London Bridge). St Katherine's by The Tower: (22 miles; Tower Hill underground; watch runners cross Tower Bridge, then walk along The Highway to Thomas More Street for return from Isle of Dogs at about 11am). Victoria Embankment: (25 miles; Circle or District Line to Blackfriars or Embankment; Northern Line to London Bridge, London Bridge BR; Jubilee to Charing Cross, Charing Cross BR). Finish: (Limited public access to The Mall).