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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MP donates thousands to Comic Relief after tweet

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has donated £14,268 to Comic Relief after thousands of people retweeted her post on social networking site Twitter.

The Labour politician told her followers on Friday that she would donate £1.00 to the Red Nose Day appeal for every retweet the post received by 9pm.

"You have to stick by your word if you take a risk like that," she told ITV London.

Read: More on Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart's donation to Comic Relief.

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Celebrations as Claire crosses the finish line

Claire Lomas completes marathon
26.2 miles and 16 days later, Claire crosses the finish line Credit: ITN

This is the moment Claire Lomas crossed the finish line just moments ago, after a 16-day marathon.

Claire, who is paralysed from the chest down, has become the first person to complete a marathon on 'bionic legs'.

Claire Lomas' marathon challenge
Crowds gather to watch as Claire completes her challenge Credit: ITN

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Family of marathon runner urges donations to continue

Claire Squires
Claire Squires collapsed and died on Birdcage Walk on Sunday. Credit: Justgiving.com

The family of Claire Squires, who died during the London Marathon on Sunday, has urged people to keep donating to her internet sponsorship page. Since the 30 year-old collapsed near the end of the marathon, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been donated to her chosen charity, the Samaritans.

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