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In pictures: London Marathon

The start of the London marathon.

A record 36,500 runners took part in this year's London Marathon, many in weird and wonderful costumes. Matthew Ball sent in this photo of the start.

Fun runner Troy Tindill dressed as Shane Warne.

Troy Tindill dressed up as Shane Warne for the event. "The crowd loved it!" he said.

Fun runner Dave Pickup in the London marathon

Dave Pickup did the race dressed as a bakewell tart.

Fun runners dressed as convicts before the London Marathon

These convicts basked in the sunshine at the start of the race in Blackheath.

Fun runners in the London marathon

Soaring temperatures of at least 21C didn't seem to deter the fun runners from dressing up.

Kids help out at a water station in the London marathon

The water stations were vital in this the 27th London marathon. This picture from Emily Norton shows children helping to prepare bottles for the runners at the six mile mark.

Runner being carried by paramedics after the London Marathon

But despite having water and medics on hand, St John Ambulance reported a "high" number of runners collapsing on the finish line.

Kids help out at a water station in the London marathon

Huge crowds turned out to line the route and cheer the runners on as they made their way through the capital to the finishing line on the Mall.

Dave Heeley and guide dog Wicksie before the London marathon

Dave Heeley and his guide dog Wicksie did the race as a warm up. Dave, 49, is planning to run seven marathons in seven days next year.

Fun runner in the London marathon

Many of those taking part were raising money for charity. In 2003, runners collected 31.8m for good causes.

Runner dragging a wooden cross in the London Marathon

Martin Lel of Kenya won the men's race in two hours, seven minutes and 41 seconds. Others, like this runner in Bermondsey, took much longer.

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