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2012 London Marathon Results

I normally watch marathon races on Satellite Tv but heavy rains affected my outdoor dish and I have been disconnected for the last two days. I followed this years 2012 London Marathon via a UK Internet Radio station(Talk sports) and the experience wasn’t bad.

2012 Virgin London Marathon Results

Wilson Kipsang, (the second fastest marathon runner of all time) won the race in a time of 2:04:44. I just smile when I heard the announcer say “looks as if he’s just been on an effortless Sunday jog.” The leading group of Kenyans and Ethiopians had ran the whole race on recording breaking pace and when the commentator said they were averaging under 5 minutes a mile I thought the world record time was on the line.

Martin Lel who has been fading in the last few years, turned back the clock, he lurked on Tsegaye Kebede’s shoulder and overtook the Ethiopian for a Kenyan one-two, with Ethiopia’s Kedede having to settle for third. Lel, a conqueror of London streets so many times, had been gunning to make into Kenya Olympics Marathon team but he needed to win 2012 London in a World record Time to be considered.

2012 London marathon results from the Womens Race.

It was another Kenyan affair (Damn the Kenyans! they never share the win) Mary Keitany won the race in a time of 2:18. That was her personal best and fourth fastest time in history.  Keitany was two seconds ahead of Edna Kiplagat.  Priscah Jeptoo was  third to complete a Kenyan top three. Incredible!

London Marathon 2011 Pictures & Photos

London marathon 2011 was magnificent. Both the men’s and women’s races proved to be among the best ever.” The winners were flying! The pictures and Photos from 2011 London Marathon will make the race one to remember.

Picture courtesy of SKY News UK

To See More London Marathon 2011 Pictures & Photos go to : –

1. BBC London Marathon Slideshow

2. SKY New London Marathon slideshow

London Marathon 2011 Results

Two words to describe 2011 London Marathon: FAST AND FURIOUS! The male winner went under 2 hours 5 minutes and the female winner went under 2 hours 20 minutes.

Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai ran the quickest marathon ever seen on the streets of London as he smashed the course record with a time of 2:04.40. It has been a long road to a Major win for Mutai, he was fourth twice and second once in previous London Marathons.

In the womens race Kenya’s Mary Keitany finished in an a time of 2:19.18, the fourth fastest time in the history of women’s marathon.

Men Results London Marathon 2011 – Top Three

  1. Emmanuel Mutai – Kenya
  2. Martin Lel – Kenya
  3. Patrick Makau – Kenya

Women Results London Marathon 2011 – Top Three

  1. Mary Keitany – Kenya
  2. Liliya Shobukhova – Russia
  3. Edna Kiplagat – Kenya

Destination Marathons Europe

Europe provides fantastic destination races. If you enjoy destination races, here’s five destination marathons across europe I recommend:

Athens Greece Marathon

The attraction for this that you tell people you ran the original marathon route. Any hard core runner must consider Athens marathon has his top destination marathon. Athens Marathon takes place every November.

Paris Marathon.

With over 40,000 runners taking part, this has to be the most popular destination marathon. I believe it has to do with the fact Paris is the most popular travel destination and many runners schedule their Paris travel for the weekend of Paris marathon. Paris marathon takes place in November.

London Marathon.

The London Marathon is fun and relaxed, because of the large number of runners who do the race to raise money for charity. Entry is by lottery, so make sure to send in your application early. The London marathon takes place every April.

Rome Marathon

For those runners that love everything Italian, making Rome marathon your destination marathon would be the perfect way to enjoy Rome scenery while running. Rome marathon will takes place in March.

Rotterdam Marathon.

If you are looking for a flat course then this is it. The flat-fast course makes it perfect for any runner who aims to qualify for Boston marathon. Many runners report achieving new PR at Rotterdam marathon.

Hope you consider these as part of your destination races europe.

Registration For 2011 London Marathon

According to Virgin London marathon organizers, the registration by public ballot system has closed.

Qualify as a Charity Runner At 2011 Virgin London Marathon

The good news is you can still secure a place to run in 2011 virgin London Marathon. You can get a place by running for a charity at 2011 London marathon.

You have choose one of the official Virgin London marathon charity. To qualify as a charity runner you will have to commit to raise a minimum contribution. You can do this by digging into your pockets or asking friends and family for donations.

To find a charity visit virgin london marathon charities.

2011 London Marathon Charity Entry Places

If you are one of the unlucky runners who did not secure a place in the London Marathon Ballot you may still be able to run in 2011 with a charity entry place.

Requirement for Running for Charity

The charities allocate the limited slots to runners on the basis that they will raise an agreed amount of money for the charity.

The Official Charity of London Marathon

Oxfam is the official charity of the london marathon, they have more places available than other charities.

The following charities have a set number of entry places in the Virgin London Marathon each year,

1. Macmillan Cancer Support – Make a difference to lives of people living with cancer

2. Rainbow Trust Children charity –

3. Breast Cancer campaign – Make a difference to lives of women livign with breast cancer

4. Athritis reaearch UK – Helps in finding better treatment for Athritis

5. Orchid Cancer – fighting male cancer

6. Breakthrough breast cancer – Help them in removing the fear of breast cancer for good.

7. Action for children – Protects children and yougn people from injustice, deprivation & inequality

8. Whizz Kidds – Helps disabled kid enjoy a better life

9. The stroke Association – Help those touched by stroke get the help they need.

10. Guide dogs – help those without eye sight lead a better life

11. The prostate cancer charity – Raises awareness, early detection & save a mans life.

12. British Heart Foundation – Help in beating heart diseases

13. The Anthony Nolan Trust – Helps Leukemia patients

14. Action for Hunger – Commited to providing healthy food to malnourished children

15. The St. Johns Ambulance – Providing emergency evacuation.

For contacts and details of the above charities visit the following web pages

Virgin marathon charity entry page

Runningbug london marathon charity page

2010 London Marathon Photos : Pictures

The 2010 London marathon is over but the memories live on. I have found awesome photos from the race.

@ klear pictures : Photos taken by a pro photographer, visit klear pictures

@Flickr : Best costume photos, visit charlies photostresm

Borat In London

Also more @Flickr : Jim Shannons photos, visit Jim photostream

2010 London Marathon Race Results

The 2010 London Marathon has just finished. The Men’s winner was Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede while the ladies event was won by Liliya Shobukova.

Kebede had untroubled victory, the Kenyans today didnt turn up! Samwel Wanjiru was left behind at mile 18, followed by Kibet at mile 20. Kirui tried to Keep up with Kebede and I could see he was giving it 110% while Kebede looked like he could notch a gear anytime. At mile 22 Kebede just went for it, he crossed the finish line in 2:05:12! Missing the course record by 2 seconds.

As for the Ladies, my athlete for the race has to be the second place finisher, another Russian (sorry, cant remember her name) At certain point she seemed to be far behind, but she just kept going and going! She was also thrilled with her performance because she was all smiles at the finish.

I watched the race Live via Satellite TV and I have to say It was another beautiful London Marathon! Loved it!

London Marathon Course : Route : Map

The London Marathon is an eye catching city marathon ran around the beautiful city of London. The marathon is set over a largely flat course around the river themes.(The large blue meandering border is River Themes)

This is how the route is described at wikipedia

The course begins at three separate points around Blackheath at 115 ft above sea level, on the south of the River Thames, and heads east through Charlton. The three courses converge after three miles in Woolwich, where the Royal Artillery Barracks is passed.

As the runners reach the 6-mile mark, they pass by the Old Royal Naval College and head towards Cutty Sark drydocked in Greenwich. Heading next into Surrey Quays in the Docklands, and out towards Bermondsey, competitors race along Jamaica Road before reaching the half-way point as they cross the Tower Bridge. Running east again along The Highway through Wapping, competitors head up towards Limehouse and into Mudchute in the Isle of Dogs via Westferry Road, before heading into Canary Wharf.

As the route leads away from Canary Wharf into Poplar, competitors run west down Poplar High Street back towards Limehouse and on through Commercial Road. They then move back onto The Highway, onto Lower and Upper Thames Streets.. Heading into the final leg of the race, competitors pass St Paul’s Cathedral on Ludgate Hill. In the penultimate mile along The Embankment, the London Eye comes into view, before the athletes turn right into Birdcage Walk to complete the final 385 yards, catching the sights of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and finishing in The Mall alongside St. James’s Palace

Source Wikipedia London Marathon page

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Best Marathon Running Costume Ideas

One way to make a statement at a marathon is to turn up dressed in a fancy costume. If you cant come up with an original running costume idea you may steal ideas from fellow runners.

Two popular marathon running costume ideas

Elvis costume

Spiderman costume

Save the rhino costume

Save the rhino costume at Flora London Marathon

Save the rhino costume at Flora London Marathon

Running 26 miles is hard and what about bringing the Eiffel tower along with you

This Parisian was spotted at 2009 New York Marathon

This Parisian was spotted at 2009 New York Marathon

More costume ideas can be seen at elite feet