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The London Marathon was founded in 1981 by former Olympic champion turned journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. The pair had recently returned from competing in the 1979 edition of the New York City Marathon. The experience inspired Brasher to ask the question of “whether London could stage such a festival?” Less than two years later, on 29 March 1981, the London Marathon was born.
Now, the London Marathon is one of the six Abbott Marathon Majors, and the world’s biggest charity fundraising marathon. For More Information on our Charity Partners, see here.
A view of the runners as they pass the Cutty Sark during the Virgin Money London Marathon, 22 April 2018. Photo: Ben Queenborough for Virgin Money London Marathon
Legends of London
The first men’s elite race, at the London Marathon, finished in a draw. American runner Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen crossed the line holding hands. They finished in a time of 2:11:38.
Paula Radcliffe’s winning time from 2003, 2:15:25, stood as the women’s marathon world record, until Bridgid Kosgei’s victory at the 2019 Chicago Marathon (2:14:04).
Eliud Kipchoge KEN celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Elite Men’s Race. The Virgin Money London Marathon, 28 April 2019. Photo: Ian Walton for Virgin Money London Marathon
The current course record 2:02:37, was set by current World Marathon Record holder, and four time London Marathon Champion, Eliud Kipchoge.
Wheel chair racing legend Kurt Fernley of Australia set the Men’s Wheelchair Race course record in 2009, with a time of 1:28:57. However, David ‘the Weirwolf’ Weir, holds the record for the most wheelchair race victories; taking the win an astonishing 8 times!
In 2019, the London Marathon raised an incredible 66.4 million pounds for various charities. In doing so it set a new record for a single-day charity fundraising event for the thirteenth time consecutively.
2019 also saw a record breaking 42,549 finishers of the London Marathon. The most in the race’s history.
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