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The best places to watch the London Marathon

Runners are set to take on the gruelling 26-mile route on Sunday. Credit: PA Wire

Ahead of the London Marathon on Sunday, we look at the best places to watch the action unfold along the 26-mile route.

Blackheath: Mile 1

The course has three different start points in Blackheath before the routes meet up at John Wilson Street in Woolwich by the Royal Artilery Barracks.

Spectators should expect a real buzz at the start of the race.

The Cutty Sark: Mile 6

The Old Royal Naval Collage and Cutty Sark (top) are popular viewing points. Credit: PA Wire

This spot has been described as perfect for tourists visiting London who can see famous sites including the Cutty Sark and Sir Christopher Wren's Naval College.

Tower Bridge: Mile 12

Tower Bridge is one of the most popular viewing areas. Credit: PA Wire

Tower Bridge is one of the most popular spots on the 26-mile route and a high point in every runner's race.

Organisers say the spot often feels more like a street party than a sporting event.

The Highway: Mile 13

Organisers say mile 13 at The Highway is the perfect place to get close to the action as the course doubles back on itself giving spectators the chance to cheer on family or friends.

Docklands: Mile 15

The Docklands provides a striking location to watch the race and has been increasingly popular with spectators.

Blackfriars Underpass: Mile 24

Competitors run beneath Blackfriars Bridge during the marathon last year. Credit: PA Wire

Spectators should be able to capture a spectacular shot of the runners emerging from the Blackfriars Underpass.

Visitors have also been told to watch out for famous sports stars who man the Lucozade drinks station at mile 24.

Embankment: Mile 25

Embankment is one of the final landmarks as runners approach the finish. Credit: PA Wire

As the runners approach the final mile, Embankment is one of the perfect places to look out for friends and family taking part.

The Mall: Mile 26

General view of the finish area during the Virgin London Marathon in London. Credit: PA Wire

Runners will need all the encouragement they can get as they enter the final mile of the gruelling marathon.

Spectators should expect an electric atmosphere as the race reaches its conclusion at the Mall.

For more information on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014, visit the organisers' website

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