The London Marathon
The London marathon was
established on Sunday 29 March 1981, organized by two men Chris Basher and John Disney who
had gained inspiration for the event by witnessing Americas great city marathons which
they hoped to replicate.
They were inspired mainly by the New York and Boston
marathons about which Brasher wrote a very emotional article in the Observer newspaper which
described the joy and happiness he saw runners experience during the New York
The first marathon had over 20,000 applicants of which
6,747 were accepted and 6,255 completed the course.
Since then its popularity has grown in stature and more and
more runners apply to take part each year. The biggest turnout to date was in 2008 when more than
34,497 runners finished the race.
marathon has become one of the top 5 marathons
in the world and attracts the finest athletes from many different countries. It has become more
than just a road race, it is now seen by many as a festival of sport and a pinnacle of achievement
that many British amateur runners strive for and aspire to run one day.
A unique feature of the London marathon is its role as
a major fund raising vehicle for many charities and organizations. It is one of the largest fund
raising events in the world, with participants in 2006 raising over £41.5 million for charity,
bringing the total amount since the first race to £315 million.
Since its creation back in 1981 over three quarters of a
million runners have completed the course and overcome the challenge to achieve what is to many a
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