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London Marathon chief concerned by doping claims

London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel has said race organisers are "very concerned" by allegations in the Sunday Times that seven winners in a 12-year period recorded suspicious blood scores.

The newspaper has published fresh allegations following its analysis of drugs test data from 2001 to 2012.

It said the winners of 34 major marathons around the world - one in four - during the period should have faced censure or investigation because of their test results, with those athletes collecting more than £3million in prize money.

We believe there are people in our sport who are cheating and everyone has a part to play to protect those who are not.

We continue to be at the forefront of anti-doping measures for marathon runners as we are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping but we cannot do it all on our own and rely heavily on the IAAF.

We are therefore very concerned by the allegations made in the Sunday Times today and we will be discussing the implications of the allegations with the IAAF.

– Nick Bitel


Radcliffe thanks crowd for London Marathon support

Paula Radcliffe has tweeted her thanks to the crowd who supported her during her last London Marathon.

She added that her memories "will last a lifetime and beyond".

London Marathon: 38,000 join biggest ever event

A man is helped by a stewardafter finishing the Virgin Money London Marathon Credit: Reuters

In excess of 38,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon today, making it the biggest in the event's 35-year history.

The best pictures from the 2015 London Marathon

From wacky costumes to knackered runners struggling over the finish line, the London Marathon has it all. Here's a collection of some of the best moments of the day - so far.

Happy runners before their ordeal Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
A man dressed as a blackcurrant fairy, perhaps Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett
A man is helped by paramedics after finishing Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
Fans cheer von the runners Credit: Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Marathon runners dressed as David Cameron and Nigel Farage Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Somehow someone let a rhino run the marathon Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire
Runners cross Tower Bridge Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire

Celebrities out in force at the London Marathon

The London Marathon's celebrity contingent was strong this time around - most of them looking considerably better before they set out...

Ex-Olympian James Cracknell strikes a pose Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Former supermodel Christy Turlington smiles before the race Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Formula 1 hunk Jenson Button gives a wave Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs
Made in Chelsea's Hugo Taylor and Oliver Proudlock were both due to run Credit: Reuters / Matthew Childs
Even Spider-Man made an appearance, somehow webbing his way into record books Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs


Paula Radcliffe ends glittering career on high note

Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe ran her last ever race today, finishing in an impressive 2:36:55.

Paula Radcliffe poses after finishing the London Marathon. Credit: Reuters / Paul Childs

She might have won the London Marathon three times in the past - once in a blistering 2:15:25 - but this time she was just happy to finish, to huge cheers from watching crowds.

"I didn't care about the time all the way round and I just wanted to thank as many people as possible," Radcliffe told the BBC.

"I went off way too fast and then it got more and more emotional. It was just amazing the whole way round."

She said the "magic of the London Marathon" helped her finish.

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Feeling inspired? How to enter the 2016 London Marathon

Has watching the London Marathon inspired you to take part? Credit: PA

If the sight of thousands of people gasping fro breath as they try to stagger over the finish line has not put you off, registration for next year's race is almost open.

Applications for the London Marathon public ballot open on Monday May 4 and close on Friday 8 May at 5pm.

If you are interested, then you just have to visit the London Marathon website when the application window opens.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge takes the men's crown

After a hard-fought race, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the 2015 men's London Marathon in a time of 2:04:42. He pipped his countryman Wilson Kipsang into second with a time of 2:04:47 - the fastest second place in London's history.

In third place was another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, with 2:05:50.

Eliud Kipchoge takes the win Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett
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Victoria Beckham proud after son completes mini-marathon

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Victoria Beckham has said how proud she is of her son Romeo who completed the London Mini-Marathon today.

Romeo, 12, was raising money for UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on Aids, and David Beckham's Unicef 7 fund.

He completed the three mile course course in 18 minutes and 54 seconds.

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