It’s that time of year again when thousands of people lace up their running shoes, load up on carbs and get ready to take on the epic London marathon. After months of hardcore training, you’ve managed to cross the finish line after a gruelling 26.2 miles – well done you. Now it’s time to undo all that hard work at one of the restaurants offering free food to marathon runners. Wave that medal with pride as you chow down…
The Holborn branch of this pizza joint is offering a free pizza to all marathon runners who come in sporting their medal. You’ll have to shell out for drinks, but you can take your pick of any pizza on the menu, which includes their new barbecued pulled pork shoulder and chilli con carne pizzas. Book ahead to guarantee a space and avoid being left in the lurch if you’ve got your heart set on some cheesy carbs. 36–38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
If you’re so hungry after the marathon that you fancy two meals then this one’s for you. Just take your London marathon race bib into any London Chipotle and you can get a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all burritos, bowls, tacos or salads. You could share it with a friend, but let’s be honest, you probably won’t. 181-185 Wardour Street; 92-93 St. Martin’s Lane; 114-116 Charing Cross Road; 101-103 Baker Street; 334 Upper Street; 40 Wimbledon Hill Road.
Flash your medal at any London branch of GBK and you’ll get a free cheeseburger. And because they don’t want your supportive friends to feel hard done by, they’ll get a free beer if they order a main meal too. This one also comes with the added bonus that it’s valid on April 26 and 27 – so if all you feel like doing post-marathon is going home to lie in a bath of ice, then you can get your freebie the next day.
4. Shake Shack
Once you’ve had your fill of free pizza and burgers, you’ll probably in the mood for something sweet. Head to Shake Shack, where they’ll be giving all marathon medal holders a free scoop of frozen custard – as well as the usual chocolate and vanilla, the special this week is caramel pretzel. Definitely worth running a marathon for, right? 24 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD.
After all that running about, you’re probably feeling a bit parched. If you’re not feeling up to a celebratory pint (or five) then Giraffe is offering free smoothies for all marathon runners. Available at all London branches except for at airports, Giraffe Stop and Giraffe Kiosk.