The Virgin London Marathon 2014

In March 1981, runners gathered in the capital for the first-ever London Marathon. Nearly 20,000 had applied for places, but with restrictions on the number of entrants just 6,255 started the race.

Thirty-three years on and nearly 40,000 people will be lining up for the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday. The race starts in Greenwich Park and takes runners on a 26.2-mile tour of some of London’s most famous sights including Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the London Eye before finishing in the shadows of Buckingham Palace.

Each year, millions of pounds are raised for good causes and while the elite athletes may be striving for a personal best, or even a chance at smashing the London record, thousands upon thousands of runners will simply be hoping to finish the line and raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity.

We wish all of the runners from Suffolk and north Essex the best of luck.

Marathon news

Holly Mercer  , a pupil at Ipswich School,  is running the London Marathon next year to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. She is running in memory of her friend Lucy Woolley who died in a horse riding accident.

Former Ipswich School pupil takes on London Marathon in memory of friend Lucy Woolley

An Ipswich School pupil is going to run the London Marathon next year in memory of her best friend – and to raise money for the charity that tried to save her life.

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Reporter Lauren Everitt is running in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, and hopes to raise £2,000.

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