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Wapping and the 2012 London Marathon

Wapping and the 2012 London Marathon

The 2012 London Marathon will take place this Sunday, 22nd April.

As in previous years, “residents of Wapping are enclosed by the route as it passes along The Highway between miles 13 to 14 and again on the opposite carriageway between miles 21 to 22″.

The good news though, is that unlike previous years when Wapping Overground Station was restricted to exit only for most of the day, it will remain open as normal.

Road closures and parking restrictions start coming into force from Saturday evening so please take a look at the official London Marathon leaflet to see how you may be affected. Between 10.30am and 1.30pm vehicles cannot cross the Highway – in or out of Wapping.

Wapping’s 2012 London Marathon runners

We asked who was running on Facebook and Twitter and are proud to present our round up of Wapping’s Marathon runners – each telling their story and asking for your help in supporting their chosen charities.

Rob Whitmore

Rob has worked at Wapping’s local Waitrose (the St Katharine Docks branch) as the Personnel Manager for the last 10 years and says:

“I entered the ballot two years ago after another manager in the branch and my brother-in-law ran it. Whenever I have watched the marathon I have thought to myself that I want to do it! I didn’t think I’d get a ballot place on my first time of applying but I did!”

“I started training as soon as I received my confirmation of my place but soon realised that I wasn’t anywhere near ready… After some physiotherapy I decided to defer my place to this year instead and after over 120 hours if running later I feel in a much better position. Although when I woke up with a very sore Achilles on Friday morning, with only a week to go to the marathon, I was very scared!!”

“I am raising as much money as I can for Great Ormond street hospital, and have so far raised a few hudred pounds but would really appreciate your help to raise more – please visit my fundraising page at http://bit.ly/sponsorROB“.

Jamie Monehen

Wapping born and bred Jamie is running the London Marathon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital:

“The reason I want to run the London Marathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is to say thank you to the hospital for the treatment given to my son Matthew and also for the great work it does for other sick children. I want to help raise funds so they can continue the valuable work that they do.”

“Before Matthew was even born, on an ultrasound scan it was discovered that he had a condition called hydronephrosis (dilation of his left kidney).  When he was born in August 2009, medical staff monitored his condition monthly, and he had various scans and tests both at the Royal London Hospital as well as at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.  The kidney continued to dilate and by May 2010, his condition became so severe Matthew required an operation.  This was carried out at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, when Matthew aged eight months.  Thank goodness, the operation appears to be a success.”

“The care given to Matthew by Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital staff was amazing. Matthew’s operation has given the family an insight into the fantastic work that Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital does.”

Please visit Jamie’s fundraising page  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JamieandClaire and help them support Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Melanie Aristidou

“Having watched supported my friend run the London Marathon last year whilst in my last year of Drama School at the Actor Works in Wapping  I decided I should like to take part in the 2012 one. I immediately rang my Grandfather who had just made a recovery from cancer and he made a bet with me, saying ‘if you complete it I’ll give you £100′.

Unfortunately last June my grandfather fell seriously ill with three forms of cancer but this time it was incurable - sadly we had to allow a hospice to care for him during the last three weeks of his life. He passed away on the 2nd of September 2011. My grandfather was my closest relative and my world crashed down that day it was just so difficult to accept that life is not forever.

In October the ballot places from the Marathon were given out – I hadn’t got one I was disappointed but a fire had suddenly light up in my heart. I had a bet with Grandad I was running that marathon ballot place or no ballot place. I rang up his hospice and after a little convincing I was able to agree them that I would raise £2000 and run for one of their Golden Bond places.

Considering I’d never run a long distance race ever and the most I’d ever really done had been 4 miles training, it was going to be tough! Anyway I hammered it out and not a day went by without me thinking of Grandad with happy memories smiling at our little bet and knowing I was going to be giving so much more back !

My 1st half marathon was a triumphant moment in training (as you can see in the picture) and so was my 2nd 20 miles that i completed in just under four hours. Of course there were struggles in training as well i tore a ligament in my ankle early on in training but luckily had excellent physio and have developed plantar facsiiitis a painful dull ache in the bottom of my soles while running.

However the thing that keeps me going is knowing that the Princess Alice hospice will be able to keep giving a outstanding end of life care to patients, and support to their families.

We were so lucky to be able to get Grandad there as no family should have to go through watching their most loved in pain at the end of their journey and I am happy and honoured to be running for them so that others can have that help like we did.

Please have a look at my link and help in any way you can http://www.justgiving.com/MelanieAristidou

All my Thanks, Melanie”

Richard MacKinnon

Wapping resident Richard isn’t running on the 22nd April but will be running next month’s Edinburgh half-marathon to raise money for Epilepsy Action – a charity close to his heart.

Richard says, “I’ve lived with epilepsy for some time and know just what a great support this charity can be.”

Support Richard and Epilepsy Action at his Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/MacPsychEdinburgh2012

You can also follow and support Richard’s training progress at http://macpsych.me

Enjoying London Marathon Day in Wapping

If you choose to spend Marathon day in Wapping, there are fantastic viewing points all along The Highway where you can cheer the runners - all just a short stroll from central Wapping.

For route, road restrictions, closures and pedestrian access points please see the official London Marathon leaflet.

If you need a spectator break or want to escape the London Marathon route entirely, Wapping’s lovely pubs and their beer gardens will all be open as normal.


  • Mike

     Hi Sarah, you can get to the other side by using the underpass on the highway.

  • Sarah

    Is it easy to switch between each carriageway to see the runners at both the mile 13 and the 22 mile mark? thanks