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London Marathon 2019: More than 40000 taking part


Sir Andy Murray fired the starting gun at this year's event as more than 40,000 people descended on the capital for the race.


"We would like to thank every runner, supporter, donator, charity, volunteer, sponsor, spectator, staff member and everyone else who has contributed to this wonderful total."


Image copyrightAFPImage caption More than 80 Guinness World Records are being targeted, including several in fancy dress Image copyrightReutersImage caption Sir Mo Farah won last month's Big Half marathon in London Men's world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and home favourite Sir Mo headline a strong field for the elite men's race.


At the head of the pack, last year's winner Vivian Cheruiyot is set to renew her rivalry with fellow Kenyan and world record holder, Mary Keitany.


An eight-strong team from TV soap EastEnders are running for Dementia Revolution on behalf of Dame Barbara Windsor, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.


Its fundraising target is £3.5 million A group of men called Ever Presents are taking part, having run every London marathon since 1981






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