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Sports events in London

Whichever season you choose to visit London you’ll find a range of sporting events that capture the imagination of the whole capital.

Cricket lovers will find a programme of excellent cricket matches between May and August when the season starts. The world famous Lord’s Cricket Ground [map], St John’s Wood, NW8, hosts some explosive one-day cricket matches including the Natwest Series Final and the NPower Test Match Series.

Those keen to get off the sidelines and participate can choose from several running events. Sports Relief (held every two years) is purely about fun and raising money for a host of good causes. Run, walk, skip or hop the mile course that begins at The Victoria Embankment and join lots of British celebrities and sports stars.

The Flora London Marathon is held every year and covers 26-miles of the heart of the capital. The marathon attracts competitors from across the globe and thousands of fundraisers who run for lots of different causes. The gruelling course begins at Greenwich Park and finishes on The Mall, close to the magnificent sight of Buckingham Palace.

Fans of horse shows will enjoy the Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, Grand Hall, Olympia, W14, which is held in December.
This equestrian event features top riders from around the world who compete to win some of the best prizes in their field. To add a festive feel there is a visit from Father Christmas on each day of the championships.

Be a spectator at the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race which is held on the River Thames every March. This world famous race sees two historic universities battle each other. The race starts from the University Stone at Putney and heads along the River Thames to Mortlake.

Alternatively, have fun watching people splashing about on the river at September’s Great River Race which takes place on the River Thames. More than 150 water crafts and boats including Viking Longboats and canoes take part and race to be crowned the Traditional Boat Champions. The race takes place from Richmond to Island Gardens in Greenwich.

Tennis in London means one thing: Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships are held from late June to early July at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, SW19 where the greatest players in the world compete for the most prestigious title of champion.

There’s also the Stella Artois Grass Court Championships which are held in June at The Queen's Club, Palliser Road, W14. This is an exhilarating competition pitting the top seeded players against each other to battle for an impressive title.

For an adrenalin buzz check out The Sprite Urban Games which are held annually at Clapham Common, SW4, during July. This competition showcases the talents of some of the world's best BMX riders, inline skaters, skateboarders and break dancers who compete against each other.

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