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London Marathon

The London Marathon, is an annual 26 mile, 385 yards, footrace through the streets of London. The event, organised by British Olympic medallist Chris Brasher was inspired by the New York Marathon[?], and first held on March 29, 1981. 7,747 athletes started that race, and 6,255 finished. The event caught the mood of the public, and the next year race entries trebled.

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.

Men's race

1981Dick Beardsley[?] USA & Inge Simonsen[?]NOR/USA2:11:48
1982Hugh Jones[?]GBR2:09:24
1983Mike Gratton[?]GBR2:09:43
1984Charlie Spedding[?]GBR2:09:57
1985Steve JonesGBR2:08:16
1986Toshihiko Seko[?]JPN2:10:02
1987Hiromi Taniguchi[?]JPN2:09:50
1988Henrik Jřrgensen[?]DEN2:10:20
1989Douglas Wakiihuri[?]KEN2:09:03
1990Allister Hutton[?]GBR2:10:10
1991Yakov Tolstikov[?]URS2:09:17
1992António Pinto[?]POR2:10:02
1993Eamonn Martin[?]GBR2:10:50
1994Dionicio Cerón[?]MEX2:08:53
1995Dionicio Cerón[?]MEX2:08:30
1996Dionicio Cerón[?]MEX2:10:00
1997António Pinto[?]POR2:07:55
1998Abel Antón[?]ESP2:07:57
1999Abdelkader El Mouaziz[?]MAR2:07:57
2000Antonio Pinto[?]POR2:06:36
2001Abdelkader El Mouaziz[?]MAR2:07:09
2002Khalid Khannouchi[?]US2:05:38 World Record
2003Gezahegne Abera[?]ETH2:07:56

Women's Race

1981Joyce Smith[?]GBR2:29:57
1982Joyce Smith[?]GBR2:29:43
1983Grete Waitz[?]NOR2:25:29
1984Ingrid Kristiansen[?]NOR2:24:26
1985Ingrid Kristiansen[?]NOR2:21:06
1986Grete Waitz[?]NOR2:24:54
1987Ingrid Kristiansen[?]NOR2:22:48
1988Ingrid Kristiansen[?]NOR2:25:41
1989Véronique Marot[?]GBR2:25:56
1990Wanda Panfil[?]POL2:26:31
1991Rosa Mota[?]POR2:26:14
1992Katrin Dörre[?]GER2:29:39
1993Katrin Dörre[?]GER2:27:09
1994Katrin Dörre[?]GER2:32:34
1995Malgorzata Sobanska[?]POL2:27:43
1996Liz McColgan[?]GBR2:27:54
1997Joyce Chepchumba[?]KEN2:26:51
1998Catherina McKiernan[?]IRL2:26:26
1999Joyce Chepchumba[?]KEN2:23:22
2000Tegla Laroupe[?]KEN2:24:33
2001Derartu Tulu[?]KEN2:23:57
2002Paula RadcliffeGBR2:18:56
2003Paula RadcliffeGBR2:15:24 Women's World Record

Wheelchair Results not complete

Men's Wheelchair Race

2002David Weir[?]GBR1:39:44
2003Joel Jeannot[?]FRA1:32:02

Women's Wheelchair Race

1997Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR
1998Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR
1999Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR
2000Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR
2001Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR
2002Tanni Grey-Thompson[?]GBR2:22:51
2003Francesca Porcellato[?]ITA2:04:21

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