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Last Updated:  Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
London Marathon photos
Among the bravest runners this year is former boxer Michael Watson who is taking n his biggest-ever challenge 12 years after a title bout with Chris Eubank which left him on the brink of death
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Former boxer Michael Watson (right) hopes to walk five miles a day as he raises funds for the Brain and Spine Foundation
Actress Brenda Blethyn gets ready at the start of today's London Marathon
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British actress Brenda Blethyn looks confident as she gets ready to start the race
Slovakian Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda Prime Minister to run the London Marathon
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Slovakian Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda is the first serving leader to run in the London Marathon
85 year old Alma Kent, the oldest woman to run the marathon this year passes through he start
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Alma Kent prepares to cross the start line - at the age of 85 she is the oldest women competing in the race
Chef and restaurant owner Gordon Ramsay holds his hand up in joy after finishing the race
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Chef and restaurant owner Gordon Ramsay celebrates completing the gruelling 26.2 mile course
A racer dressed up as Mr Happy takes part in the London marathon
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This isn't kids stuff says Mr Happy but I'm still happy to be here
A competitor dressed as Wonderwomen takes part in the marathon
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'Wonderwoman' thinks about using some special powers to improve her race time
Competitors take part in the London Marathon
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This isn't cheating is it? Just keep quiet and keep waving and we'll be ok!
Some competitors failed to finish
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For some competitiors the long trek proves to be too much especially in the heat
A competitor keeps cool by tipping water onto his head
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As the miles go by others do what they can to to keep themselves cool
Shona Crombie-Hicks is a one of a number of runners who complete the last leg of the Flora 1000 mile challenge at the maratho
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Shona Crombie-Hicks is a one of a number of runners who complete the last leg of the Flora 1000 mile challenge at the marathon
Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell looks tired at the end of the race
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Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell finishes in three hours and 53 minutes to raise nearly 300,000 for Leukaemia Research




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