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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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Balls says crowd helped him finish marathon

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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