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Tim Peake gears up for space marathon

British astronaut Tim Peake has posted a picture of London from space as he prepares to join marathon runners today from a treadmill in space.

He posted a picture gearing up thousands of runners ready to take on the challenge today.

Peake will be pounding alongside them in a virtual marathon competed on a treadmill in the International Space Station.


4000 people compete in 'toughest' obstacle race

The hilly, muddy and wet terrain of Pippingford Park at Nutley in East Sussex was the location for an innovative obstacle race. Four thousand people took part in the 8km course tackling 40 different obstacles. It's the first time the Nordic race called 'Toughest' has been held in this country. The event acted as a qualifier for the Obstacle Racing World Championships. World champion Jonathan Albon won the elite group.

Toughest obstacle course Credit: Mateusz Szulakowski
Credit: Jacques Holst
Credit: Jacques Holst

Record numbers pound the streets for Brighton Marathon - extended report

It's now the second biggest marathon in the country. Almost 11,000 runners have pounded the streets of Brighton and Hove today.

Zoe Ball was on hand to wave the chequered flag and, as Andy Dickenson reports, the sun and the whole city came out to cheer the competitors on.

Andy speaks to Zoe, race founder Tim Hutchings, Olympic medal winner Brendan Foster, race winner Duncan Maiyo and local runner Thomas Roach.


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Many Clouds sets sights on racing history in Grand National

Many Clouds won last year's Grand National at Aintree. Credit: PA

The biggest betting day for UK horse racing has arrived as the world's most famous steeplechase race is set to take place at Aintree Racecourse.

Forty runners and riders will be participating in the four-mile, four-furlong (7.2km) course.

Last year's winner Many Clouds will lining up once again in a bid winning the race back-to-back emulating the feat of legendary Red Rum who won in 1973 and 1974.

Twice winning jockey Ruby Walsh will miss the showpiece after fracturing his wrist on Friday, trainer Willie Mullins said.

In a change from tradition, the famous race will start an hour later than usual at 17:15 BST.

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