London Marathon 2016

London Marathon 2016

The 36th London Marathon saw 39,698 runners start the mass race in this year’s London Marathon, which set off from Greenwich Park and Blackheath this morning.  British astronaut Tim Peake provided the countdown to the start of the race, from the international space station, where he is also running, using a treadmill.

Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s race for second year running. Defending champion Paralympian Marcel Hug from Switzerland came first and Britain’s David Weir came third in the wheelchair races, while women’s elite runner Jemima Sumgong recovered from a fall to win women’s race.

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After the elite runners, the mass race begun, with many raising money for charity, running in a variety of costumes.

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Prince Harry, patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will present the winners’ prizes.

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Among the famous faces running this year are double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, former rugby union international Shane Williams, Games of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett.

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