More than 3,000 people have taken on the wet conditions and taken part in the Leicester marathon event today. Many completed the full 26mile distance, and others ran the half-distance also scheduled for the day.
Despite the wet conditions, hundreds also lined the course to cheer on the runners to the finish line.
The Leicester Marathon raises money for LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. It aims to improve the quality of life of people with cancer, neurological conditions and organ failure, who can no longer receive medical treatment.
Leicester is gearing up for the city's annual marathon.
Thousands of runners are expected to take to the streets on Sunday and Claire Lomas from Leicestershire will officially start the race. Paralysed from the chest down, she completed the London marathon this year with the help of a robotic suit.
A series of road closures will be in place to allow for the races to take place.
There will be disruption to bus services which will be diverted to avoid the marathon route from start of service until approximately 3pm.
We will bring you a full run-down of the road closures later.
In a statement today, former Loughborough athlete Paula Radcliffe has expressed her profound disappointment at not being able to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"It is hard to know that had the Olympics been six weeks earlier I could have gone out there and run confidently knowing that I was in the best shape I had been in for a while, but I am by no means the first to experience something like this.
"No-one tells us in advance where the limits of our own bodies lie, and pushing these limits is the only way we can ever achieve our highest goals and dreams.
"However hard today is, finally closing the door on that dream, at least I can know that I truly have tried absolutely everything.
"As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don't want to be there below my best. If I can't be there and give it my best, then I would rather someone else who can do that is able to be there.
"I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself.
"Now is the time to rest totally, give my body chance to recover and assess calmly what can be done and where I go from here."