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The London Marathon - 5 Facts

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1. The first ever London Marathon was held on 29 March 1981 with just under 8000 runners from 20,000 applicants

2. Eighteen runners have finished every race from the first in 1981 to 2011 and are known as the 'Ever Presents'.

3. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations.

4. The London Marathon is shown on television in more than 150 countries around the world.

5. A total of 817,890 runners have completed the London Marathon (1981 to 2011) while a record 36,550 people finished in 2010.
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