Wimbledon Windmilers join thousands of runners for 34th London Marathon


More than 36,000 runners joined Mo Farah on the start line.


By Naomi Agius and Ciara Farmer

London’s second largest running club had a day to remember last weekend after 40 members took part in the 34th London Marathon.

The Wimbledon Windmilers took part in the 26.2 mile race which saw thousands of runners hit the streets of the capital.

Graham Ball, the club’s president, said: “The Windmilers have had a turn out today and there were lots of supporters and lots of runners.”

Mr Ball, who finished the marathon in an impressive three hours and 14 minutes, encouraged people to join local running clubs and explained it was not only marathon runners who come to clubs but people just looking for a fun and social way to exercise.

This year’s official charity was the Anthony Nolan Trust, with next year’s chosen charity being Cancer Research UK.

The event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981, and holds the Guinness World Record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world, with over £47.2 million raised for charity by participants in 2009.

The route begins at three separate points in Greenwich and ends in The Mall alongside St James’s Palace and athletes pass by a number of iconic monuments, including the London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

Photo courtesy of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, with thanks.

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