According to legend, the original marathon was run in Ancient Greece, when a soldier named Pheidippides allegedly raced some 40-odd kilometres (25 miles) in the high summer heat to deliver the news of victory at the Battle of Marathon.
Today, however, marks the anniversary of the first-ever London Marathon, in 1981, when, inspired by the New York Marathon, 6,747 nervous runners gathered in the UK capital to compete.
The race has grown in popularity since then, with competitors aged from 18 to over 90, and a welter of participants in fancy dress raising money for charity by racing as whoopee cushions, camels, giant bananas and more.
The London Marathon can be a scramble, so why not celebrate this anniversary with a genuine London Scramble?
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