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Faye Barker's Sunday blog

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The streets of London have been pounded by 37,500 pairs of feet today (approximately) as once again our great city hosts the London Marathon. There'll be two this year, because of the Olympics, but today we've been hearing yet again from the ordinary people who put themselves through this gruelling challenge to raise millions of pounds for charity. For the elite runners it can mean beating world records or qualifying for this summer's games but, for thousands of others, it is a personal feat with causes often close to their hearts. Well done to each and every one of you. (Several newsreaders have been running too... duty called for me today, as you can see. That's my excuse anyway.)

You will no doubt remember the grisly story of Gareth Williams - the MI6 spy who was found dead in a holdall in his Westminster flat in August 2010. Mystery has shrouded this case since then and his family, understandably, have many questions about exactly what happened and if there has been a cover-up by the secret service. Hopefully they will get some answers as the inquest into his death gets underway tomorrow.

I've just recorded an interview with Shobna Gulati, who is known to millions of viewers as Sunita in Coronation Street. What you may not know is she's a talented choreographer too. She's been working on a couple of London community projects - a Bollywood film, made in a week as part of the Alchemy festival on the South Bank - and a new play called "Baba Shakespeare", currently being performed by The Tower Theatre at The Arcola Tent in Dalston. Director and writer Emmeline Winterbotham also joined us on the sofa.

Shobna Gulati looking fabulous in the ITV London make-up room Credit: ITV News

So plenty to pack into ten minutes - I hope you can join us for all of the above and more at 6:30pm.


PS I promised to bring you news from yesterday's ITV News Regions and Nations Awards. Massive pat on the back to our fabulous correspondent Ronke Phillips who took home three gongs. Brilliant!