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London Marathon 2012

London Marathon 2012



What is the importance of London Marathon ?

The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world, and one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors competition, which has a $1 million prize purse. It has been held each spring in London since 1981. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin Money, as the Virgin London Marathon. The 31st London Marathon took place on 17 April 2011, and the 32nd is planned for 22 April 2012.

The race was founded by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley. It is organised by former 10,000m world record holder David Bedford as Race Director and Nick Bitel as Chief Executive. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the race begins at three separate points around Blackheath and finishes in The Mall alongside St. James's Park. Since the first marathon, the course has undergone very few route changes. In 1982, the finishing post was moved from Constitution Hill to Westminster Bridge due to construction works. It remained there for twelve years before moving to its present location at The Mall.

In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards), the London Marathon is also a large, celebratory sporting festival, second only to the Great North Run in Newcastle, in terms of the number of participants. The event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981, and holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world, with the 2009 participants raising over £47.2 million for charity. In 2007, 78% of all runners raised money. In 2011 the official charity of the London Marathon was Oxfam.

When will London Marathon 2012 take place?

The 31st London Marathon took place on 17 April 2011, and the 32nd is planned for 22 April 2012

What are the timings of London Marathon ?

Starts at 09:30 AM

Where will it take place ?

See interactive map - http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/interactive-map/

London marathon map?


Previous winners of london Marathon ?


What is the total distance ?

42.195 kilometres

Prize money ?

$1 million

How to enter the London Marathon ?

(Entries closed)

Accomodation for London Marathon ?

See hotels and BnBs

Interesting facts

* The event has raised over £450 million for charity from 1981 to 2012

* First held on 29 March 1981

* As at 2009, 746,635 people have completed the race

* In 2002, Lloyd Scott completed the marathon wearing a deep sea diving suit that weighed a total of 110 lb (50 kg), with each shoe weighing 24 lb (11 kg); he also set a world record for the slowest ever marathon time

* On 19 April 2003, former boxer Michael Watson, who had been told he would never be able to walk again after a fight with Chris Eubank, made headlines by finishing the marathon in six days, becoming a national hero in England.

* In 2006, Sir Steve Redgrave (winner of five consecutive Olympic gold medals) set a new Guinness World Record for money raised through a marathon by collecting £1.8 million in sponsorship. This broke the record set the previous year by the founder of the Oasis Trust, Steve Chalke MBE, who had collected over £1.25 million. Steve Chalke recovered the record in 2007, raising £1.86 million. In 2011 Chalke broke the record for a third time, raising a staggering £2.32 million.[16]

* A small number of runners, known as the "Ever Presents", have completed each of the London Marathons since 1981. By 2011 their number had shrunk to 18. As of 2012, the oldest runners amongst them are 78 year old Kenneth Jones and Jeffrey Gordon, whilst the youngest runner is 53-year-old ultra-runner and father of 3 Chris Finill. They are all male.


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