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Celebrities out in force at the London Marathon

The London Marathon's celebrity contingent was strong this time around - most of them looking considerably better before they set out...

Ex-Olympian James Cracknell strikes a pose Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Former supermodel Christy Turlington smiles before the race Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Formula 1 hunk Jenson Button gives a wave Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
Made in Chelsea's Hugo Taylor and Oliver Proudlock were both due to run Credit: Reuters / Matthew Childs
Even Spider-Man made an appearance, somehow webbing his way into record books Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
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The best pictures from the 2015 London Marathon

From wacky costumes to knackered runners struggling over the finish line, the London Marathon has it all. Here's a collection of some of the best moments of the day - so far.

Happy runners before their ordeal Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A man dressed as a blackcurrant fairy, perhaps Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett
A man is helped by paramedics after finishing Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
Fans cheer von the runners Credit: Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Marathon runners dressed as David Cameron and Nigel Farage Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Somehow someone let a rhino run the marathon Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Runners cross Tower Bridge Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire

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Paula Radcliffe ends glittering career on high note

Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe ran her last ever race today, finishing in an impressive 2:36:55.

Paula Radcliffe poses after finishing the London Marathon. Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs

She might have won the London Marathon three times in the past - once in a blistering 2:15:25 - but this time she was just happy to finish, to huge cheers from watching crowds.

"I didn't care about the time all the way round and I just wanted to thank as many people as possible," Radcliffe told the BBC.

"I went off way too fast and then it got more and more emotional. It was just amazing the whole way round."

She said the "magic of the London Marathon" helped her finish.

Feeling inspired? How to enter the 2016 London Marathon

Has watching the London Marathon inspired you to take part? Credit: PA

If the sight of thousands of people gasping fro breath as they try to stagger over the finish line has not put you off, registration for next year's race is almost open.

Applications for the London Marathon public ballot open on Monday May 4 and close on Friday 8 May at 5pm.

If you are interested, then you just have to visit the London Marathon website when the application window opens.

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge takes the men's crown

After a hard-fought race, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the 2015 men's London Marathon in a time of 2:04:42. He pipped his countryman Wilson Kipsang into second with a time of 2:04:47 - the fastest second place in London's history.

In third place was another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, with 2:05:50.

Eliud Kipchoge takes the win Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

Victoria Beckham proud after son completes mini-marathon

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Victoria Beckham has said how proud she is of her son Romeo who completed the London Mini-Marathon today.

Romeo, 12, was raising money for UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on Aids, and David Beckham's Unicef 7 fund.

He completed the three mile course course in 18 minutes and 54 seconds.

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Ethiopian Tigist Tufa claims women's marathon title

Ethiopian Tigist Tufa has romped home to victory in the London Marathon with a time of 2:22:21, ahead of Kenyan Mary Keitany in 2:23:40.

Sonia Samuels was the first Brit to finish.

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