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5,000 runners receive medical aid

More than 1,000 St John Ambulance volunteers, working with the London Ambulance Service and Virgin London Marathon medical teams, treated more than 5,000 runners and spectators at this year's London Marathon.

Competitors run beneath Blackfriars Bridge during the Virgin London Marathon in London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Katherine Eaton, the St John Ambulance London regional events manager, said:

"More than 40 competitors were taken to hospital suffering from more serious conditions including exercise associated collapse and suspected fractures.

"This year's casualty figure is slightly higher than last year when 4,850 people received treatment. This is because during the early part of the race we saw warmer weather than last year."

Runner with MND thanks supporters after Marathon

Former professional footballer Mark 'Maddog' Maddox has thanked supporters after completing the London Marathon.

Maddox is thought to have become the first person with motor neurone disease (MND) to run the Marathon.

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Runner becomes 'first with MND' to complete Marathon

Former professional footballer Mark 'Maddog' Maddox has completed the London Marathon in six hours 40 minutes.

Maddox is thought to have become the first person with motor neurone disease (MND) to run the Marathon.

Mark 'Maddog' Maddox when he played for Altrincham FC. Credit: GR Photography

Ed Balls sponsored by Chancellor for London Marathon

Ed Balls MP finishes the Virgin London Marathon in London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls revealed he had an unlikely sponsor for his London Marathon effort - political rival George Osborne.

The Chancellor donated £25 to each of Mr Ball's chosen charities, Action for Stammering Children and Whizz-Kidz.

Mr Balls, who finished the race in five hours and 14 minutes, told Sky News: "The good thing is George Osborne, the Chancellor, who I have often disagreed with on many things, he sponsored me for my run today so thanks George for that."

Runner with MND aims to 'make history' at Marathon

Former professional footballer Mark Maddox is aiming to become the first person with motor neurone disease (MND) to run the London Marathon. Maddox posted this message just before the race:

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Bill Neely reflects on marathon after Boston bombings

International Editor Bill Neely has reflected on running the London Marathon after spending the past week in Boston reporting on the marathon bombings.

He told Sports Editor Steve Scott: "Whatever pain I feel at the minute, and everyone here, I think a lot of people were feeling at one...And part of the running community with the people of Boston."

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