London Marathon 2012

The 2012 London Marathon will get underway tomorrow. Celebrities including chef Gordon Ramsay and singer Will Young will take part in the 26.2 mile race.

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Prince Harry just 'jesting' about Royal marathon plans

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Clarence House have been quick to deny that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning to enter the London Marathon next year Credit: Reuters

Prince Harry may have landed himself in some trouble with older brother William and sister-in-law Kate. He joked on BBC that he was trying to enter the London marathon and that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were planning to take part next year.

Clarence House moved swiftly to play down his comments; saying they were obviously made "in jest."

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Woman collapsed and died on final stretch of marathon

A 30-year-old woman collapsed and died while running in the London Marathon.

She collapsed at Birdcage Walk, near St James' Park, on the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course, a statement on the marathon's official website confirmed.

The woman was given medical attention at the scene but died this afternoon, organisers said.

A statement from the marathon organisers reads: "We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time."

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Balls says crowd helped him finish marathon

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls Credit: Reuters

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls praised the crowds for keeping him going after posting a time of over five and a half hours.

"The crowd was fabulous, the atmosphere was amazing and it was really, really hard. I had a good first 13 miles and a good last 8 miles but the bit in the middle was really, really tough. I almost stopped and wondered if I could do it but the crowd keep you going as do the other racers.

"My final time was 5:33 which was fine, pretty much what I should have run on the basis of my training. We have raised £56,000 so far for Whizzkids and for Action for Stammering Children so the time's ok, we raised lots of money..."

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