Imagine the course

Motivation comes in part from visualising how the race will unfold, the successive landscapes and atmospheres, and of course the undulations and twists in the terrain. Running for waterways, I couldn’t help but identify the 12 canal, dock and river crossings. Here, for the fun, is my little inventory:
Km 11.5 – Deptford Creek, but the tide will be on the ebb, more mud than water
Km 17.3 – Site of entrance lock to Surrey Docks, with Timber Basin on the south side
Km 19.4 – New Concordia Wharf, a typical tidal Thames creek
Km 20.0 – Cross the Thames on Tower Bridge (it will be low tide at 12:50)
Km 23.2 – Entrance lock to Limehouse Basin and the Regents Canal, beside the headquarters of the Cruising Association
Km 28.4 – The head of Millwall Inner Dock
Km 29.2 – The former entrance lock to West India South Dock
Km 29.5 – Heron Quay, and a short junction canal built as part of the Canary Wharf Docklands development, between the former West India South Dock and Export Dock
Km 31.2 – Another junction canal between two of the former docks, under the towering blocks of Canary Wharf, the new City of London
Km 31.4 – Historic junction between Blackwell Dock and West India Import Dock
Km 33.7 – Limehouse Cut (from the Regents Canal to the River Lea Navigation)
Km 34.1 – Regents Canal

Click on the map to see it full screen, map by courtesy of the Virgin Money London Marathon web site, using Google Maps (assembled from several screen shots).

Running for the Inland Waterways Association! Please sponsor me, to fund their work to conserve, maintain and restore hundreds of kilometres of Britain’s canal and river navigations.