Getting a hot shower after the London Marathon can be a tricky issue for lots of runners.
Competitors who aren’t close to home and aren’t able to go back to their hotel after competing will be wondering how to get a shower after the marathon.
I’d faced this very question myself as I ran the London Marathon back in April, 2016. I’d searched online, read quite a few running forums and initially struggled to find an answer. I’d considered other possibilities that you might think are suitable:
- stay an extra night at our hotel so I’d be able to shower and rest up
- just throw some clothes on and go home sweaty and smelly
- find a public toilet to get changed in and use several baby wipes
- getting a short-term pass for a gym near to the marathon finish
- some charity-runner places do offer a shower as well as a post-race meal
I did run for a couple of charities but not via a charity place. As I can sometimes feel sick after a marathon or a long, hard run I did seriously consider booking another night’s hotel accommodation, primarily to avoid the possibility of throwing up on the train back to Liverpool.
But, I decided that finding a local gym and buying a day or week pass was probably my best bet. After a bit more searching on google maps and reading a couple of forums I’d found my post-marathon shower solution.
Shower for one marathon runner please
The Queen Mother Sports Centre (website though I booked my pass through better.org.uk at the time) on the Vauxhall Bridge road is a tube ride to Victoria away from near the finish on The Mall (we walked to Trafalgar Sq first). If your legs are up to it then you could possibly walk it. I booked a one-day pass online that cost me £10 during the week before the marathon.
When I went to the check-in desk the receptionist, who was lovely and super-helpful, said that I could’ve paid just for a shower for £2 something. She did try to give me a refund but as I’d paid online for the pass that wasn’t possible. I’m not 100% sure but I think they offer a towel service too (I’d brought my own in my kit bag).
Both the showers and lockers are fine – don’t forget to have some change for the locker lock. I can’t remember if you need a £1 or 20p coin. It wasn’t busy at all and on my way out there were a couple of other runners just arriving.
There’s a couple of Pret-a-Manger near by, we dived in one for some lunch and hot drinks. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed soup so much in a long time!
If you’re travelling home by train from Euston then it’s a single tube ride from Victoria. Marathon runners get free travel on tfl on race day if you show your race number. You’d be wise to top-up your Oyster card or have the cash for a ticket though just in case.
Hopefully, this is one solution to your London Marathon shower problem? If you’ve got any other tips, suitable venues, etc please do leave a comment.