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Category: London Marathon

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London Marathon prize money cut nearly in half but fund made for Britons

Race winners will earn significantly less than in 2019Mo Farah to help British athletes run Olympic qualifying timeThe London Marathon is to cut its prize fund for next month’s race by nearly half because of the financial hit from the Covid-19 pandemic…

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London Marathon becomes elite-only race running laps in St James’s Park

Organisers abandon ‘revolutionary’ mass-participation plansCompetitors to run 19.8 laps in park before finish on the MallNext year’s race postponed from normal April slot to OctoberIt is the news that thousands of runners, who have continued to toil an…

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John Bryant, journalist and key figure in London Marathon, dies aged 76

Bryant had senior jobs at Telegraph and Times and wrote several books about runningThe journalist and author John Bryant, who played a pivotal role in the success of the London Marathon, has died at the age of 76.He died peacefully at his home in Surre…

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Fundraising feats continue despite London Marathon postponement

Almost £5m raised for 2.6 Challenge so farAthletes taking part include Jo Pavey and Chris HoyIt was the London Marathon that wasn’t. But even though the capital’s streets on Sunday were devoid of runners chasing their dreams over 26.2 miles, nearly £5m…

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Olympic hopeful Eleanor Davis puts Tokyo ambition on hold to save lives

The athlete intended to spend Sunday running the London Marathon but will be on a Covid-19 ward helping patientsEleanor Davis had intended to spend Sunday on a 42,000-step journey towards Team GB’s squad for the 2020 Olympics. Instead, at 8.55am, when …

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Karen Carney: ‘When runs get hard I think of Steph, Stephen and Chris’

Former England winger’s marathon is on hold but she is still raising money for Steph Houghton’s husband Stephen Darby and Chris RimmerInstead of standing alongside thousands of others to take part in the London Marathon on behalf of the Derby Rimmer MN…

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London Marathon race director admits event may include only elite runners

Hugh Brasher holds out hope for full October race‘At the moment, I don’t want to discount anything’The race director of the London Marathon has refused to rule out staging the event as an elite-only race in the autumn if social distancing rules make it…

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London Marathon winner Wanjiru suspended for alleged doping violation

Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in 2017Wanjiru charged with ‘use of prohibited substance’Kenyan runner Daniel Wanjiru, winner of the 2017 London Marathon, has been provisionally suspended following an alleged anti-doping violation.Wanjiru’s sa…

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London Marathon postponed to 4 October in response to coronavirus

Race had been due to take place on 26 AprilOrganisers say ‘public health is everyone’s priority’This year’s London Marathon, which was due to stage a showdown between the two greatest distance runners in history and attract over 43,000 participants rai…

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London Marathon organisers fear ‘unofficial’ runs if race is cancelled

Runners could race anyway in event of coronavirus cancellation‘There could be a lot of other problems if it doesn’t take place’Fears that runners would try to run the London Marathon even if the event were cancelled because of coronavirus have led orga…

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Kenenisa Bekele to face Eliud Kipchoge in London Marathon for the ages

• Three-time Olympic champion to take on world record holder• Bekele not surprised Mo Farah is returning to the trackKenenisa Bekele has agreed to race Eliud Kipchoge in a London Marathon for the ages in April – and said he is not surprised Mo Farah is…

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Nurse in trousers awarded marathon record after outcry

Guinness World Records admits its rule that nurses wear a dress were outdatedAn NHS nurse who was told her marathon world record attempt was void because she wore scrubs rather than a dress has had the decision overturned following a backlash.Guinness …

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Nurse in trousers told her London Marathon record would not count

Guinness World Records says Jessica Anderson needed to have had a dress on to qualifyAn NHS nurse who ran the London Marathon was told her Guinness World Record attempt would not count because she was not wearing a dress.Jessica Anderson, who has been …

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London Marathon runners ‘harassed’ to speed up

One of race’s official pacers also says there were no water stations for slower runnersLondon Marathon organisers are investigating claims about the absence of water stations, and slower runners being ordered on to pavements for failing to keep up with…

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Final-day football ups and downs, Guineas records and Lara at 50 | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features cheeky Panenkas, fancy-dress Marathon mishaps and deliberate concessions1) Nerves will jangle around the country this weekend as the Football League’s remaining automatic promotion, title and relegation issues are reso…

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London Marathon 2019 breaks world records and £1bn funds raised

Organisers say race was ‘most special in event’s history’ as record number of runners startLondon Marathon organisers were hailing a series of records – including the highest number of women finishers in history – as they confirmed that money raised fo…

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Mo Farah stands ‘by every word I said’ in furious row with Haile Gebrselassie – video

Sir Mo Farah has expressed his regret for sparking a furious row with Haile Gebrselassie which overshadowed the build-up to the London marathon, but insists he was telling the truth about a robbery at the Ethiopian legend’s hotel.In response …

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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What’s black and white and a record holder? I was a London Marathon panda

Despite a duct-taped panda head, I beat the record for fastest woman in a full-body costume by 25 minutesBreaking a world record while running in a panda costume. Raising over £1,000 for charity. Even getting a tweet of congratulations from Paula Radcl…

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Mo Farah regrets Haile Gebrselassie row but sticks ‘by every word I said’

• Briton did not want to take limelight from London Marathon• Farah accuses Ethiopian of punching ‘below the belt’Sir Mo Farah has expressed his regret for sparking a furious row with Haile Gebrselassie which overshadowed the build-up to the London mar…