17th April 2011 – London, United Kingdom
Thousands of feet pounding thousands of yards of road.
Now hosting over 35,000 runners each year, around five times as many as took part in the inaugural race in 1981, the London Marathon is full of numbers. Almost 1,000,000 bottles of water and energy drink are available for the participants at the start, finish and along the course, which is itself bordered by 81 pubs for the spectators.
And ready to help them all if needed 1500 St John Ambulance volunteers supported by 50 ambulances. Offering support to the runners are over a million spectators, some cheering on a friend, relative or club mate, others just for the spectacle or to look for the celebrity runners. And away from the course many millions more watch the race on television in over 150 countries around the world.
Maybe one of the more unusual statistics proferred by the organisers is that 3.2 million ball bearings are used in the finish cones.
However probably the most heartwarming figure is that the runners are believed to have raised over £500 million for charity since the events inception.
And amongst all the numbers and statistics, Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai took the men’s title with a new course record of 2:04:40 beating Sammy Wanjiru’s 2009 time by thirty seconds.
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