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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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The London Marathon: Join In The Fun Without The Run


London is gearing up for its biggest annual sporting event this month. History will be made as the one-millionth London Marathon finisher will cross the world famous finish line on 24th April. This major milestone comes just after 35 years since the marathon was first established in 1981. The London Marathon is now one of the top six international marathons run over 26miles and 385yards.

Now, if you’re not really the athletic type and can’t see yourself partaking in this huge sporting event but you still want to be in on the action, don’t worry, we’ve done our research and come up with some fun ways to ensure you don’t miss out on the day!

Of course there is the obvious way to get involved by helping those who are running with their fund raising! It’s alway’s a great feeling when you’re helping a worthy cause and the London Marathon is a major opportunity for that. So dip your hand into your pocket and start supporting those friends or family who will be running on the day, by sponsoring their JustGiving page.

Here are some more fun ways:

Attend A Wedding

We’re big on weddings here at Hallmark Hotels and we love hearing about a wedding a little out of the ordinary! If you love an unusual wedding as much as we do, then why not find a couple who intends on getting married during the London Marathon. It sounds crazy, but last year that’s exactly what Laura Harvey and Paul Elliot did. The pair who were running to raise money for Cancer Research, met half way around to stop off and exchange vows before running through a shower of confetti at the finish line! Has this inspired you to get wed in an out of the ordinary setting?

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The London Marathon is a spectacle in itself, with thousands turning out to show their support for the brave men and women that have decided to break a sweat. Expect to see pro runners, big furry chickens and a few clowns as well as all the others in fancy dress running the 26 miles. The experience of watching, whilst not as memorable as taking part, is certainly not to be sniffed at, and as such we definitely advocate heading down to the route and enjoying yourself.

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Providing you’ve already signed up then there really is no shame in taking it slow, as they say slow and steady wins the race! So if you decide to be a tortoise, rather than a hare, nobody will criticise you for taking it slow! Finishing the race, no matter how quickly is a huge achievement.

We wish anyone taking part the best of luck and to have fun and enjoy the day! We will be cheering you on from the sidelines.

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