More than 40,000 runners tackle 26.2-mile London Marathon

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Celebrities and elite athletes were among 42,000 tackling the gruelling 26.2-mile London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall. Radio DJ Chris Evans and BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth were among famous faces completing the course, many doing it for charity.

Outfits included one person dressed as Shrek and another as a Christmas tree. There was even a runner who wore a red letterbox featuring the King’s new royal cypher.

The event was started by Lionesses Leah Williamson, Jill Scott and Ellen White, who were part of England Women’s Euro 2022 winning team.

Kenya’s Amos Kipruto won the men’s race in two hours, four minutes and 39 seconds.

Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was the first woman in two hours, 17 minutes and 25 seconds. The race returns to its usual spring slot next year.

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