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London Marathon runners travel free

The heroes who will be taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April will be able to travel free on c2c on race day.

Just show your race number to staff at any c2c ticket office for a free ticket.

Coming to show your support?

Make sure to get the best value train ticket for you. We have discounts when you book in advance (including at weekends), GroupSave which give you a third off if there are three or more of you, or a Family Travelcard if you have the kids in tow. 

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Guide to enjoying the London Marathon with c2c 

The marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April and it has four separate start times. Wheelchair competitors get going at 8.55am, with Paralympians close behind them at 9am. Elite women runners kick off at 9.15 and everyone else begins at 10am.

Anyone competing should aim to be at the start line at least an hour before the race starts to load baggage lorries (which take your belongings to the finish line) and most importantly – warm up!

Where to watch the London Marathon

Luckily one of the most bustling and exciting places along the route is at Tower Bridge – less than a 10-minute walk away from our terminal station, Fenchurch Street. Once you exit out of London Fenchurch Street Station follow the signs to the Tower of London, if you are unsure of where to go our staff will be happy to help direct you. At the Tower you will find live bands and a selection of local pubs will be hold special events.

Getting to viewing points

Most people will be starting their race at Blackheath, in South East London, although there are other start points at Maze Hill and Greenwich Station. All locations can be reached in about 40 minutes from Fenchurch Street, via Cannon Hill.

Alternatively, people travelling from South Essex can alight at Limehouse, hop on the DLR towards Lewisham and take another train from there. Or change at West Ham and take the DLR to Canary Wharf, where there will also be live music and special events to keep the whole family entertained.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for some famous faces! We’ve heard through the grapevine that this year Katie Price, Gordon Ramsay, Chris Evans, Rochelle Humes and Joel Dommett will all be running.

You can find the full celebrity list and information on the race on the Virgin Money London Marathon Website.

Free travel terms and conditions

  • Free travel only valid on c2c services Free travel only valid with an official London Marathon race number
  • No further rail discounts are allowed
  • This ticket/travel is subject to the National Conditions of Travel