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History is set to be made on The Mall in St James's Park this weekend as David Weirtakes to the iconic stretch of red road for the 26.2 mile Paralympic Marathon, vying for his fourth gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

While The Mall has been the site of some of Britain's greatest national memories, 2012 has been a particularly incredible year for unforgettable moments.

Lizzie Armitstead rode through the rain to the sounds of rolling thunder and elated crowdsto win Team GB's first medal of the London 2012 Games on The Mall in the women's road cycling race.

Only six weeks earlier, the nation's eyes were on The Mall celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

ParalympicsGB could bring home two medals on The Mall on Sunday, as hopefuls David Weir and Shelley Woods aim to round off the London 2012 Games in style.

Team GB won 11 medals in Olympic events held in theRoyal Parks and, to date, 11 ParalympicsGB medals have been picked up in the Parksduring the London 2012 Games.

The Royal Parks Chief Executive Linda Lennon CBE said: "The world will be watching The Mall in St James's Park and the entire nation will be behind our ParalympicsGB athletes in their quest for gold.

"After Lizzie Armitstead rode home to glory on The Mall claiming Team GB's first medal, how remarkable that on the last day of the London 2012 Games our own David Weir competes forhis fourth gold medal - a fitting finish to an incredible summer of sport.

"For Britain, The Mall in St James's Park is more than the nation's ceremonial route, it is an important site for national celebration and an iconic location for the Paralympic Marathon competitions."

Significant moments on The Mall during the London 2012 Games include:

  • Crossing the line on The Mall in two hours 23.07 minutes, Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana ran into the history books with a new Olympic record in the Women's Marathon on 5 August.
  • Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich won gold and the first medal for his country on 12 August, in the Men's Olympic Marathon on the last day of the Olympics.
  • On day two of the London 2012 Games, Lizzie Armitstead won silver on The Mall, Team GB's first Olympic Medal.
  • The Mall will be lined by volunteers and Games Makers on 10 September for the finale of the Our Greatest Team parade, a celebration of the achievements of British Olympians and Paralympians.

Significantmoments in history on The Mall have included:

  • On VE Day, 8 May 1945, crowds gathered along The Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace to celebrate and were treated to an appearance by the King and Queen and Princess Elizabeth on the balcony.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on The Mall in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II, scenes repeated earlier this year for the Diamond Jubilee.
  • The London Marathon, one of the world's largest, finishes on The Mall, where Paula Radcliffe broke the women's world record in 2003.
  • About 500,000 people cheered as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sealed their marriage with a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace last year, a similar scene to that of 1981 when The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer.

The Mall was created in the early 20th century as a ceremonial route towelcome the Royal Family and visiting Heads of State to Buckingham Palace.

The famous rust-red surface of the road gives the effect of a giant red carpet for this iconic route.


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