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Here’s The Free Stuff You Can Get With Your London Marathon Medal

London Marathon Medal
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The greatest reward when you cross the London Marathon finish line is that you can stop running. Beyond that, however, you can cash in on your new medal by taking it to the following establishments to get free stuff. And by stuff we mainly mean alcohol and food, though of course the first freebie you can enjoy is free travel around London.

Confirmed Freebies On Race Day And Beyond

A Meal At The Real Greek

You can get a free Greek plate (or vegan Greek plate) at any of The Real Greek’s restaurants from Sunday 3rd until Friday 8th October. There is a good range of options available, and there are four branches of the restaurant within walking distance of the finish line. therealgreek.com (opens in new tab)

Hot Yoga At triyoga

To help your aching body recover, yoga studio triyoga is offering a complimentary hot yoga session to marathon runners at any of triyoga’s five London studios between 4th and 10th October. Use the code LondonMarathon21 when booking on the website, then present your medal when you arrive for the class. triyoga.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Freebies We Expect/Hope To Return in 2021

While it seems like an eternity since the last mass-participation London Marathon in April 2019, we still have fond memories of freebies that reliably popped up every year. Here are some favourites we’re waiting to be confirmed for 2021.

Pizza At Franco Manca

Perhaps our favourite deal of all. In 2019 you could flash your medal at any Franco Manca restaurant nationwide on either the Sunday of the race or the Monday after, and get a free sourdough pizza. This is one deal we expect to return in 2021, so keep an eye on Franco Manca’s social channels for confirmation, and when the going gets tough after the 30km mark of the marathon, let the thought of free pizza spur you on. francomanca.co.uk (opens in new tab)

A Burger At MEATLiquor

Another fixture of the freebies calendar – you can usually head to any of MEATLiquor’s London locations on race day and your medal will entitle you to any burger on the menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan options. The nearest restaurant to the finish is MEATMarket Covent Garden on Tavistock Street, which is less than a kilometre from where you pick up your bag after the race. meatliquor.com (opens in new tab)

Dim Sum At The Royal China

One dim sum dish probably won’t be enough to refuel your body after running 42.2km, but every little helps – especially when it’s free. In the past you could present your medal at the Baker Street, Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill or Canary Wharf branches of The Royal China to get your dumplings on, and we hope that will be the case in 2021 as well. theroyalchina.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.