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In pictures: The London Marathon

The Green Start of the London Marathon gets underway at Blackheath

About 35,000 runners set off from Blackheath at the start of the 2008 London Marathon.

Runners along Tower Bridge in wet conditions

Those still running in the afternoon were caught in the rain.

Runner in a Paddington Bear outfit

As ever there were plenty of people willing to run in costumes....

Runner in a Spider-man outfit

There were those who were heroic ...

Runner in a 'fake breasts' costume

Some who were a bit cheeky...

Runner in a Frankenstein's monster costume

Others were plain horrific.

Runner dressed in a flower costume

Some runners went for seasonal outfits...

Runner in a Santa Claus outfit

But some were definitely out of season.

Man in an inflatable sumo wrestler outfit

And they came in all shapes and sizes.

'Bernie' prepares for the start of the London Marathon

Many of the runners will have raised money for good causes.

Six Masai warrior from Tanzania at the beginning of the Marathon

Six Masai warriors from Tanzania ran in traditional outfits to raise money for their village.

Phil Daniels and Ronan Keating

This year's celebrity runners include actor Phil Daniels and singer Ronan Keating.

Martin Lel of Kenya crosses the line to win the men's event

Martin Lel of Kenya crossed the line to win the men's race.

Irina Mikitenko of Germany crosses the line to win the women's event

And Irina Mikitenko of Germany won the women's event.

Sandra Graf of Switzerland crosses the line to win the women"s wheelchair event

Sandra Graf of Switzerland won the women's wheelchair event

Britain"s David Weir wins the mens wheelchair 2008 London Marathon

And Britain's David Weir won the men's wheelchair race

Michelle Frost in her stilts

Further back in the race, Michelle Frost hopes to break the record for the longest distance covered on 4ft (1.2m) stilts. Picture by Phil Hudson

Buster Martin

And Buster Martin, aged 101, hopes to become the oldest person to ever complete the marathon.

Charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott dressed as a robot prepares for the London Marathon

While charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott dressed as a robot hopes to have a finishing time - of Friday!



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