Your safety and security at the TCS London Marathon
We work in close partnership with the police to ensure your safety and security and we have a range of measures to keep you safe. These include our highly trained security personnel, bag searches, sniffer dogs and extensive CCTV across the entire TCS London Marathon route – as well as other measures that may not be visible.
Our safety and security teams
Our highly trained teams of stewards and dog support staff work alongside police officers, the emergency services and event organisers – so if you see anything you think may be suspicious, then please do not hesitate to find someone to help. As these teams work across the course and beyond, there should always be someone very close by to help with any query you may have.
Every steward on and around the route is able to communicate with other stewards and the Event Control Room, as well as the police, via radio and other channels – so please do ask if you require assistance. Our Event Control Room also has access to extensive CCTV to help keep you safe.
Our stewards are very aware that not everyone is familiar with London so will be keeping their eyes open for anyone who may need some assistance with directions, they will even approach you and offer their help if they think you may need it.
You can expect to see all types of police on and around the marathon course. They are there to support us in delivering a safe and successful event – please do not feel concerned by the increased number of police, they are there to help and make you feel safe.
Safety and security for spectators and residents
We also have teams of stewards and police dedicated to working among the spectators, assisting people in popular watching hotspots with anything from security concerns to directions.
Even if you are familiar with London, getting around the city will be different to usual on Event Day, and you will find lots of impassable barriers in many locations. If you get stuck, please ask a steward and they can direct you to the nearest managed crossing point or accessible transport station.
Vehicles and parking
Parking is restricted to authorised vehicles and security measures will prevent vehicles approaching the race route.