Marathon runners enjoy sunny start

Tens of thousands of fun runners and amateur athletes set off in bright sunshine as the 32nd London Marathon got under way today.

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Help for Heroes riders come together in London

Cyclists form a human medal at the Cenotaph

More than 1,000 cyclists converged on London today for Help for Heroes, after completing charity rides around the world. The cyclists met at the Cenotaph where they formed a human medal to pay their respects.

More than 1,000 cyclists have taken part

The charity is on track to raise £1 million to support wounded soldiers and their families.

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West End stars come together for festive charity concert

Stars of the London stage will come together this afternoon for carol singing and festive merry-making in support of this year's Lord Mayor of Westminster's charity, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

The carol singing will be led by the West End Gospel Choir, a collective of musical theatre singers who will perform a selection of festive songs.

There will be a live performance from the cast of hit musical Let It Be as well as special appearances from family shows The Snowman and Dinosaur Zoo.

The show kicks off in Leicester Square at 4pm.

Homeless charity celebrates biggest success in London

A year after it started, homeless initiative StreetLink says it has had a bigger success in London than anywhere else in the UK.

The charity relies on members of the public to flag up rough sleepers in their area using their phone or the web, so they can be linked up with support services.

Out of the 4,000 people the charity has been able to help, a massive three quarters were in the capital. StreetLink says it has had 8,275 alerts from Londoners over the past twelve months.

The top ten boroughs for referrals to the service were:

  • Westminster - 861

  • Tower Hamlets - 558

  • Lambeth - 503

  • Hackney - 448

  • Camden - 423

  • Haringey - 375

  • Hammersmith and Fulham - 339

  • Hillingdon - 332

  • Islington - 326

  • Lewisham - 323

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British Heart Foundation thanks two-wheel army

The British Heart Foundation has thanked committed cyclists who turned out in force for the ride today.

Nancy Prior, head of events at the BHF, said: "The London to Brighton Bike Ride is a flagship fundraising event for the BHF.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the cyclists and their sponsors for their support. Every penny you raise helps us fund pioneering research that supports heart patients and their families in their fight for every heartbeat.

Nearly 30, 000 cyclists set from Clapham today Credit: ITV News

She added, "We would also like to thank everyone who came to help at both the start in Clapham and the finish in Brighton. Our cyclists rely on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to make the bike ride possible."

London to Brighton cyclists set off

Cyclists at the starting line of the charity ride Credit: ITV News

After months of preparation the wheels are finally in motion for thousands of cyclists taking part in the annual London to Brighton charity ride.

Nearly 29,000 are making the 54 mile journey this year, with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation campaign against coronary heart disease.

Riders set off from Clapham Common this morning Credit: ITV News

The weather was gloomy, but spirits at the starting line couldn't be dampened. The riders set off from Clapham Common at staggered times from 6am.

Schoolgirl to kayak on Thames for 13 days in aid of adventure charity

Lauren and Kevin in their kayak
Eight-year-old Lauren and her father Kevin in action

Eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, today begins her attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteenday event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day fromthe source of the Thames to the sea.

The pair are aiming to raise money for Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust which aims to give children adventures as part of their education. They will be camping each night and blogging on their progress.

To follow their progress visit: www.riverthames2013.blogspot.co.ukand you can donate at (http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/KevinRichardson1)or via www.widehorizons.org.uk orwww.youradventure.org.uk

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