London is often viewed as the UK’s sporting capital and the early part of 2018 features some fantastic events for fans to enjoy.

Athletics, rowing and football are amongst the sports taking place around the city, cementing London’s status as the country’s centre for top class action.

Read on for the top 5 sporting events during the first half of 2018.

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run – 4 February

Check out some of the city’s most famous landmarks as the UK London Winter Run returns to raise money for the Cancer Research charity.

Over 16,000 runners conquered the cold in 2017 to complete the 10km course around the closed roads of Central London.

Athletes of all abilities negotiate a route past top sights such as Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Bank of England – there’s also an event village based in Trafalgar Square.

ITTF Table Tennis Team World Cup – 22-25 February

England’s leading table tennis stars will bid for success at the iconic Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during the ITTF Table Tennis Team World Cup.

London hosted the first World Championships in 1926 when the England team were bronze medallists.

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Rowing: Head of the River Race – 11 March

Around 400 national and international crews of eight rowers will take to the waters to compete in this historic event.

Rowed over the 4.25 mile Thames Championship Course, the race begins at Mortlake and ends at Putney – the opposite direction to the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Races.

Crews start at 10-second intervals, with the previous year’s winner setting off first. The winner is the crew which completes the race in the fastest time.

London Marathon – 22 April

Nearly 40,000 people run the 26.2-mile marathon through the streets of London every year, firmly establishing the event as the premier distance race in the world.

The London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes, while top DJ Chris Evans and Eastenders actor Adam Woodyatt were amongst the competitors in 2017.

The first half of the route runs just south of the Thames starting at Greenwich and Blackheath. After crossing Tower Bridge, runners pass some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Tower of London and Big Ben, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.