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A race for equality

On the 17th of April, hoards of novice and professional runners will take to the streets to participate in the historic and traditional London Marathon.

The marathon has become a true tradition of London City. Since 1981, thousands of people have taken to the streets every year to run the 42 kilometres that separate Blackheath Common and The Mall.

There are also thousands who watch every second from the balconies and the pavements, encouraging and cheering the athletes who, professional or not, seek to achieve a good time or even beat their own record. In total, nearly one thousand people turn up each year to the huge party in the capital that comes with the marathon.

On this occasion, the marathon will be celebrated on Sunday 17th of April, from 9am until 8pm. As tradition goes, the race will start with the professional runners, followed by the other participants who will try to get a record time.

The origins of the London Marathon, as we mentioned before, go back to 1981. After participating in the New York marathon, Olympic champion Chris Brasher didn’t hesitate in exporting this magnificent idea to his home country, to create an event which would serve to strengthen ties of equality between different cultural and social groups.

Right now, the London marathon is the only one which crosses two hemispheres, since the route crosses the Greenwich meridian. The starting point is split into three different areas of Blackheath, south of the Thames, and it heads out East through Charlton. Finally, the three routes come together in Woolwich and continue as one until their finishing point in the Mall.

To apply for more specific info on the marathon, just look at the official 2011 Marathon website: http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/

(Translated by Elly Greig – Email: ellygreig1@gmail.com)

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