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    LONDON MARATHON hopefuls were left frustrated after the website CRASHED as they flooded to find out if they had secured a place on Monday. The ballot closed earlier this month, with the event returning to spring next year after the past three editions were held in October following the coronavirus pandemic. 1London Marathon hopefuls were left frustrated after the website crashedCredit: Getty But members of the public were left none the wiser when they logged on to see if they had secured a spot in the race on April 23. The volume of traffic caused the website to crash as organisers took to social media to update people. A message read: "We are aware of an issue that means some of you can't currently access your ballot results. "We’re working on a fix and will update you as soon as we can. "For the moment please wait until we have provided an update before trying to click through to your results. Apologies, TCSLM." More to follow. READ MORE IN SPORTPLAYING FOR KEEPS Karius' exes, from MIC star to fitness model,...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA left London Marathon runners stunned with a surprise appearance at the side of the track. Joshua appeared to be unbothered by the ongoing speculation surrounding his fight against Tyson Fury. 5Anthony Joshua was handing out water to the runnersCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5Those who recognised him were left stunnedCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5Many paused running to take a photoCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5England star Jill Scott got in on the actCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5Anthony Joshua had a beaming smile as he stood trackside The Brit, 32, took time out of negotiations to make a track side showing at the London Marathon to hand out drinks to the competitors. He could be seen with a beaming smile as he handed drinks over to the participants as they went past. At least 42,000 runners have been confirmed at the event, with a host of celebrity participants among them. The former WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belt holder is scheduled to fight WBC belt...
    THOUSANDS have taken to the streets of London to compete in the London Marathon - with some runners in eye catching fancy dress costumes. It is believed just over 40,000 are tackling the 26.2 mile journey from Greenwich Park to The Mall and more are having a go virtually. 9A minion stood out amongst the crowdCredit: PA 9This runner had one of the biggest costumes of the marathonCredit: Reuters 9Runners in fancy dress mixed with those in more normal outfitsCredit: PA As many take part to raise money for charity there were some fantastic costumes spotted on the course. People dressed as a rhino, gorilla and massive tree were all hits with the crowd. Plenty more came out in force in fancy dress such as a Minion from movie Despicable Me and a bear. There is also 28 Guinness World Record attempts being made such as the fastest marathon wearing pyjamas and the fastest while on crutches. READ MORE ON THE MARATHONIN THE RUNNING What is the London Marathon prize money and who has won? We reveal all...
    RUNNING arm sleeves have lately become a common sight at marathons. First popularised by elite athletes, they are now run by many marathon runners. 2Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wears his arms bands at the finish of the elite men's race of the 2020 London MarathonCredit: AFP or licensors Why do marathon runners wear arm sleeves?  Arm sleeves are primarily worn for the benefits of the compression they provide. Various sports medicine studies have shown that this compression helps to stabilise the arm muscles . It also increases blood flow which help in recovery after hard exercise or minor injuries.  Why do marathon runners wear gloves?  Many marathon runners during the cooler months and start early in the morning before things warm up.  Also, the other thing that happens is during the race the runners have a fairly high core body temperature, but as the race wears on and energy stores are lost, especially if conditions worsen. 2Gloves can be a must in some conditionsCredit: 2020 Martyn Wheatley / i-Images Most read in FabulousFRONT RAGE Meghan 'furious at her Vanity Fair...
    RUNNERS rejoice as they finally return to the capital for another bumper London Marathon - and Sir Mo Farah will be making an appearance. Both amateur and elite runners will take to the streets of London raising millions for charity along every step of the gruelling 26.2 mile course. 2Runners who missed out last year will be hoping to secure a place in this years race.Credit: Alamy 2Runners making their way across the iconic London bridge.Credit: Alamy The 26.2 mile route starts near Blackheath in Greenwich, passing landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, the Shard, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. This year race organisers received more than a quarter of a million applicants, for those that weren't successful there is a small window to sign up to the virtual London Marathon. When is the London Marathon 2022? The London Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 2. The race begins at 9.30am. In 2021, the race was moved to the autumn because of Covid restrictions at the start of the year and the calendar date has been retained...
    RUNNERS rejoice as they return to the capital for another bumper London Marathon. Both amateur and elite runners will take to the streets of London raising millions for charity along every step of the gruelling 26.2 mile course. 2Runners who missed out last year will be hoping to secure a place in this years race.Credit: Alamy 2Runners making their way across the iconic London bridge.Credit: Alamy The 26.2 mile route starts near Blackheath in Greenwich, passing landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, the Shard, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. This year race organisers received more than a quarter of a million applicants, for those that weren't successful there is a small window to sign up to the virtual London Marathon. When is the London Marathon 2022? The London Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 2. The race begins at 9.30am. In 2021, the race was moved to the autumn because of Covid restrictions at the start of the year and the calendar date has been retained in 2022. The 2023 London Marathon will return to the traditional calendar...
    RUNNERS hoping to take part in next year’s London Marathon will be able to identify as non-binary. The rule change is being touted as part of a drive to make it the most inclusive event of its kind in the world. 2Runners in next year's London Marathon will be able to identify as non-binary amid a rule changeCredit: Getty 2Event director Hugh Brasher said: 'We continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive'Credit: Getty Images - Getty Those applying for the 26-mile run can tick one of three options — male, female and non-binary — on their race application. It will not apply to those wanting to take part in the elite race or the championship and good for age categories, which operate under World Athletics rules. Event director Hugh Brasher said: “This is a significant step forward for the TCS London Marathon as we continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive. "We know there is still much more to be done but changes such as this demonstrate our commitment to making the TCS London Marathon...
    EX-football boss Harry Redknapp is urging London Marathon runners to help raise £3million for a charity close to his heart. The former West Ham and Tottenham manager, 75, is promoting the British Heart Foundation for the race on October 2. 1Harry Redknapp is urging London Marathon runners to help raise £3million for British Heart FoundationCredit: PA The ballot result for those who have gained entry is announced today and Harry is encouraging entrants to raise much-needed cash for the BHF. The SunSport columnist suffered blocked arteries to his heart in 2011. He said: “I’m one of the lucky ones as I got the warning signs, got a diagnosis, and got sorted. Read More on The Sun'THE ROMAN EMPIRE' Chelsea fans display Abramovich banner after Russian is sanctioned “But not everyone gets that chance. I’m urging everyone who has been successful in getting a marathon place to use it to run for the BHF and raise money to help heal hearts.” Most read in The US SunCANCER FIGHT Traci Braxton was sick with esophageal cancer for a year, husband revealsIN COLD...
    EAGER runners have arrived bouncing with energy for the start of the London Marathon 2021. Some 40,000 runners are taking to the streets to test their physical endurance and raise money for charity  for the first time in 889 days. 4And they're off! The women's elite racers bounded from the start lineCredit: Reuters 4Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans is also set to run todayCredit: PA 4Avid runner Matt Hancock is seen ahead of today's raceCredit: PA 4The marathon has reduced crowd numbers this yearCredit: Reuters And it seems like the weather will be on their side, with the capital staying dry and fine this morning as athletes from around the world descend on the city for the gruelling 26-mile run from Greenwich to The Mall. It will no-doubt be a huge relief for the professionals, who have a  £40,000 prize available for the first to cross the finish line. The marathon was replaced in 2020 by a virtual run where participants chose their own route. The virtual event will also run simultaneously with London's race today for the first time -...
    WHEN Louise Bartha had skin cancer removed from her hand, she decided it was time to get serious about fitness.  “Melanoma has got quite a bad rep for coming back, so I was like: ‘If it does come back, I want to be in the best shape of my life to be able to deal with what gets thrown at me next time,’” Louise says. 5Louise wasn't prepared for her second cancer diagnosis in 2019Credit: Supplied But nothing could have prepared her for how serious her condition was going to get. After the mum-of-two’s melanoma was removed from her hand in 2016 and another type of skin cancer was removed from her scalp two years later, she was given a much more serious lung cancer diagnosis in 2019.  “They were talking palliative care, management, rather than curative treatment,” Louise, 47, from Hove, East Sussex, says. “The conversations were quite serious, quite quickly.” Surgeons were ultimately forced to remove over half of Louise’s left lung.  But incredibly, less than two years on, Louise will now be running the Virgin Money...
    LONDON MARATHON runners have been told to take public transport this weekend due to the nationwide petrol crisis. On Sunday more than 40,000 people will take part in the first full marathon held since the start of the Covid pandemic. 2London Marathon runners have been advised to use public transportCredit: AFP Athletics chiefs are confident the 41st staging of the event – which takes place over 26.2 miles between Greenwich and Westminster – will not be impacted by millions of panic-stricken drivers heading to the fuel pumps to fill up their cars. Dozens of vehicles are used during the day of the London Marathon, including transporting elite runners to the start line and cameraman-carrying motorbikes that film the race for BBC TV. Yet while most people usually use trains on the day, race director Hugh Brasher has urged everyone involved to leave their cars at home. Brasher said: “So we believe that the vast majority of people get to our event using the train system. We do not have concerns at the moment. “We encourage and always have done for...
    THOUSANDS of London Marathon 2021 hopefuls will find out whether they have gained entry to this year's race today. As many as 50,000 runners are expected to secure entry into the biggest 26.2 mile race in history on October 3. 1The 2021 London Marathon is set to welcome a record number of runners to the capitalCredit: Getty Images - Getty ???????????????? ???????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????! ????Some helpful instructions ahead of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon ballot results dropping on Monday...#LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/3n3x7JsR9X— Virgin Money London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) February 5, 2021 Those who have taken part in the ballot will learn their fate online for the first time as oppose to the usual method via post. There will also be 50,000 additional places available for the virtual marathon which will take place on the same day. The virtual marathon will give runners the opportunity to claim the same medal and t-shirt as those on the actual course by running 26.2 miles within a 24-hour time frame. The 2020 London Marathon was moved from April to October and only elite participants were...
    LONDON MARATHON bosses plan to smash the world record for the biggest event of its kind – with 100,000 runners on Sunday October 3. A record 50,000 participants will be able to take part in the rescheduled race later this year from Blackheath to The Mall. 3Runners head towards the finish of the 2019 London MarathonCredit: Reuters On the same day, there will be 50,000 entries open for those willing to race in the ‘virtual’ London Marathon. Runners will be expected to cover 26.2 miles in a location of their choosing but must complete the distance within that calendar day. Organisers hope this will help swell charity coffers which were significantly affected by the cancellation of the 2020 race due to the Covid-19 crisis. Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Event Director, said: “With a national vaccination programme underway, we hope to see an unprecedented 100,000 people take part. “The London Marathon is a wonderful example of sport as a force for good while raising millions for charity. “It’s all about communities and people coming together and one of our founding pillars is to have fun and provide some...
    Prince Harry had a surprise chat with a couple in Los Angeles, Calif., who were to complete the London Marathon virtually. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the marathon, which was supposed to take place in April, was held Sunday virtually. Runners around the world tracked their times using an app. The L.A. couple, Chudney and Mark Espiritu, had a story that caught Harry’s attention, prompting a meetup. MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY DISCUSS BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT, SAY PEACEFUL PROTESTS ‘A BEAUTIFUL THING’ Chudney shared a photo of her, Mark, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, smiling for a picture. In the caption, she explained that per her husband’s request she sent the London Marathon an essay about her cancer journey and how running has changed her life “for the better.” "I also mentioned that I decided to still run the virtual marathon because it is their 40th & it is my 40th too!" Chudney wrote. PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE MIDDLETON’S BIRTHDAY POST FOR PRINCE HARRY LEAVE ROYAL FANS DIVIDED The 40-year-old runner also revealed that her mother is currently battling cancer...
    AN 85-year-old woman was one of thousands who braved torrential rain to take part in the 40th London marathon. Despite the pandemic, thousands of runners took part across the nation - tracking their time and distance with a specially designed app. 4Eileen Noble completed the 2020 London Marathon at the age of 85Credit: Dan Jones images/THESUN 4The 85-year-old clocked a time of eight hours and four minute in the virtual raceCredit: Dan Jones images/THESUN Elite runners ran 19.8 laps of St James Park in West London, in a “controlled secure biosphere”. Eileen Noble, 85, was the oldest female athlete taking part in Sunday's virtual marathon. This was Eileen’s 20th time tackling the 26.2mile course and she finished it in a soggy eight hours and four minutes.  Speaking to The Sun at the halfway point at the Cutty Sark in South East London on Sunday morning, she said: “I’m absolutely freezing, I think I’ll be walking most of the way home. "I can't wait to have a hot shower." Her daughter Imelda, 47, was waiting for her at the Cutty Sark with...
    Hiker Falls to Death from Waterfall in N.H. Park, State’s 3rd Climbing-Related Death in a Week Kentucky AG seeks one week delay in release of Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings Kipchoge, Bekele coy on London Marathon world record bid Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele -- the two fastest marathon runners of all time -- said there were too many variables to predict a world record in Sunday's London Marathon. © Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele (second left) will go head to head against Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (third left) in the 2020 London Marathon Event director Hugh Brasher believes that record-breaking performances are possible on the flat, fast course, despite potential rain and training interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Ethiopia's Bekele, a double 10,000m Olympic champion, was just two seconds outside Kipchoge's world record of 2hr 01min 39sec when he won last year's Berlin Marathon. Instead of the traditional route, the London race, involving only elite runners, will be run on a new looped course comprising 19.6 laps of St James’s Park in central London, with no crowds. When asked...
    According to the London marathon team, Bump hardware can also monitor the frequency and length of time that runners and staff stay within a set distance of each other. That means organizers can be alerted when Bump-wearers get too close to one another, and also track a person’s movements if they later test positive for COVID-19. In addition, the London Marathon will be held in a behind-closed-doors “biosecure bubble.” Athletes were tested at their homes, in a COVID-safe hotel outside of London, and once again on Monday when they arrived at the event’s ‘bubble’ hotel. The event usually takes over the city, but this year the race will be confined to a course that loops around St James’s Park 19.6 times. There won’t be any spectators, but fans can still keep up via the BBC’s live coverage. The London Marathon is the first “Major” — a running event classification that includes New York City, Chicago and Berlin, among others — since the Tokyo Marathon on March 1st. Other competitions have switched to a remote-only model, allowing professional and amateur runners...
    LONDON (AP) — The pandemic-delayed London Marathon will be staged on Oct. 4 using a different route than usual and with only elite runners participating. Rather than starting in Greenwich in east London, there will be a looped 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course around St James’s Park within a biosecure bubble with spectators excluded. Times will be eligible for qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, which had to be rescheduled until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele are expected to feature in the men’s race. The women’s field is headlined by world record holder Brigid Kosgei. Manuela Schär and David Weir will feature in the wheelchair event. The London Marathon usually takes place in April, but organizers have already pushed back the 2021 event until Oct. 3 to maximize the possibility of a mass race returning after being deemed not possible this year. “The biggest challenges were not those involving participants,” London Marathon event director Hugh Brasher said, “but the multiple issues of managing spectators, ensuring the emergency services had access across London with...
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