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Crowds turn out on the Victoria Embankment to watch the London Marathon 2005
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'Fun runners' surge out of the Blackfriars Bridge underpass onto the Victoria Embankment; four hours down and two miles to go
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Finishers medal

The London Marathon is a marathon race that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. While it is run over the traditional distance of 42.195 km [26 miles and 385 yards], it is not the conventional marathon it was intended to be; it has become a large, celebratory sporting festival. It is the second largest marathon in the world in terms of participants.

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[edit] Description

The London Marathon was founded by former Olympic champion and renowned journalist Chris Brasher, who was influenced by the New York Marathon and aspired to establish a race of this scale. In the 1908 Olympics, the length of the course was 26 miles 385 yards to White City, thus setting the standard length of modern marathons ever since.

The London Marathon came into existence on March 29, 1981, when nearly 7,500 athletes participated in the race. By the 25th event the number of starters reached 35,680. The earliest known organised marathon to take place in London was during the 1908 Olympics, however this was a different course to the modern one we know today.

Whilst it is a serious athletic event, with large prize money attracting elite athletes, public perception of the race is dominated by the fun runners. Sometimes in ludicrous fancy dress and often collecting money for charity, these make up the bulk of the 30,000+ runners and help to draw crowds of half a million on the streets.

On April 19, 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.

The 2006 London Marathon was held on 23 April ([1], [2], [3], [4], [5]), which was also St George's Day (St. George is the patron saint of England).

The next London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2007.

[edit] Results

Run over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the London Marathon is generally regarded as a very competitive and unpredictable event, and conducive to fast times. The record times are shown in bold below and also highlighted in the history tables:

[edit] Men's race

Winning times for the London Marathon Men’s race
Year Athlete Country Time
1981 Inge Simonsen & Dick Beardsley Image:Flag of Norway.svg & Image:Flag of the United States.svg 2:11:48
(dead heat)
1982 Hugh Jones Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:09:24
1983 Mike Gratton Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:09:43
1984 Charlie Spedding Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:09:57
1985 Steve Jones Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:08:16
1986 Toshihiko Seko Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg 2:10:02
1987 Hiromi Taniguchi Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg 2:09:50
1988 Henrik Jørgensen Image:Flag of Denmark.svg 2:10:20
1989 Douglas Wakiihuri Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:09:03
1990 Allister Hutton Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:10:10
1991 Yakov Tolstikov Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg 2:09:17
1992 António Pinto Image:Flag of Portugal.svg 2:10:02
1993 Eamonn Martin Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:10:50
1994 Dionicio Cerón Image:Flag of Mexico.svg 2:08:53
1995 Dionicio Cerón Image:Flag of Mexico.svg 2:08:30
1996 Dionicio Cerón Image:Flag of Mexico.svg 2:10:00
1997 António Pinto Image:Flag of Portugal.svg 2:07:55
1998 Abel Antón Image:Flag of Spain.svg 2:07:57
1999 Abdelkader El Mouaziz Image:Flag of Morocco.svg 2:07:57
2000 António Pinto Image:Flag of Portugal.svg 2:06:36
2001 Abdelkader El Mouaziz Image:Flag of Morocco.svg 2:07:09
2002 Khalid Khannouchi Image:Flag of the United States.svg 2:05:38
(Men's World Record)
2003 Gezahegne Abera Image:Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2:07:56
2004 Evans Rutto Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:06:18
2005 Martin Lel Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:07:35
2006 Felix Limo Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:06:39
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Graph of the winning times for the London Marathon Men’s race

[edit] Women's race

Winning times for the London Marathon Women’s race
Year Athlete Country Time
1981 Joyce Smith Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:29:57
1982 Joyce Smith Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:29:43
1983 Grete Waitz Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:25:29
1984 Ingrid Kristiansen Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:24:26
1985 Ingrid Kristiansen Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:21:06
1986 Grete Waitz Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:24:54
1987 Ingrid Kristiansen Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:22:48
1988 Ingrid Kristiansen Image:Flag of Norway.svg 2:25:41
1989 Véronique Marot Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:25:56
1990 Marianna Panfil Image:Flag of Poland (bordered).svg 2:26:31
1991 Rosa Mota Image:Flag of Portugal.svg 2:26:14
1992 Katrin Dörre Image:Flag of Germany.svg 2:29:39
1993 Katrin Dörre Image:Flag of Germany.svg 2:27:09
1994 Katrin Dörre Image:Flag of Germany.svg 2:32:34
1995 Malgorzata Sobanska Image:Flag of Poland (bordered).svg 2:27:43
1996 Liz McColgan Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:27:54
1997 Joyce Chepchumba Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:26:51
1998 Catherina McKiernan Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg 2:26:26
1999 Joyce Chepchumba Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:23:22
2000 Tegla Laroupe Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:24:33
2001 Derartu Tulu Image:Flag of Ethiopia.svg 2:23:57
2002 Paula Radcliffe Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:18:56
2003 Paula Radcliffe Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:15:25
(Women's World Record)
2004 Margaret Okayo Image:Flag of Kenya.svg 2:22:35
2005 Paula Radcliffe Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:17:42
(Women Only World Best)
2006 Deena Kastor Image:Flag of the United States.svg 2:19:35
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Graph of the winning times for the London Marathon Women’s race

[edit] Men's wheelchair race

Winning times for the London Marathon Men’s wheelchair race
Year Athlete Country Time
2002 David Weir Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1:39:44
2003 Joel Jeannot Image:Flag of France.svg 1:32:02
2004 Saúl Mendoza Image:Flag of Mexico.svg
2005 Saúl Mendoza Image:Flag of Mexico.svg 1:35:51
2006 David Weir Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1:29:48

[edit] Women's wheelchair race

Winning times for the London Marathon Women’s wheelchair race
Year Athlete Country Time
1997 Tanni Grey-Thompson Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
1998 Tanni Grey-Thompson Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
1999 Tanni Grey-Thompson Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
2000 Sarah Piercy Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:23:30
2001 Tanni Grey-Thompson Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
2002 Tanni Grey-Thompson Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2:22:51
2003 Francesca Porcellato Image:Flag of Italy.svg 2:04:21
2004 Francesca Porcellato Image:Flag of Italy.svg 2:05:00
2005 Francesca Porcellato Image:Flag of Italy.svg 1:57:00
2006 Francesca Porcellato Image:Flag of Italy.svg 1:59:57

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