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Hundreds of upmarket fast-food outlets opened this year, explaining how as a nation we threw away £12.5 bn on burgers

Palestinians hold first Bethlehem marathon

Palestinians and their supporters are running the West Bank's first marathon.

London Marathon: Tiki Gelana adds to town's illustrious list

When Tiki Gelana won Olympic gold in London last year she was only doing what has become expected of a runner from the small town of Bekoji, some 170 miles south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Among them will be 60 runners attempting to set an array of Guinness World Records – including Jerome Timbrell who hopes to complete the fastest marathon as a mascot while dressed as a fire extinguisher

2012 all over again: London Marathon's search for the Olympic spirit

As well as showing solidarity with Boston, the race will revive last year's feel good factor

Vehicles will be kept away from the route of the London Marathon

Boston bombings prompt Scotland Yard to put hundreds of extra police on duty at London Marathon

Numbers boosted by 40 per cent to provide reassurance, says Scotland Yard

The Sport Matrix: Friday 19 April 2013

Farah 'hurt' by London Marathon greed claims

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich waves his national flag as he crosses the finish line at London 2012

Stephen Kiprotich at the London Marathon: I get recognised after the 2012 Olympics but will still go back to being a prison warder

Modest Ugandan returns to London knowing a repeat of last summer’s shock win will be tough

There will be no chances taken with security this weekend

Police and security stepped up for London Marathon following Boston bombings, confirm Home Secretary and organisers

Increased screening at the registration points for the 37,500 runners have been introduced

Police officers on the look out as Thatcher's body arrives at the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercoft in the Houses of Parliament

Boston bombing prompts security increase at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

MI5 are concerned that Republican splinter groups are plotting an attack on Britain

Vehicles will be kept away from the route of the London Marathon

London Marathon to proceed as normal after security review

'Precautionary adjustments' being made to security plans, but no major changes will be implemented

A view of the 2012 London Marathon

London Marathon: Mo Farah committed to running race and amateurs expects to follow suit

Race through the streets of the capital takes place this Sunday

Oscar Pistorius at the Olympic Stadium during London 2012

London Anniversary Games to snub murder accused Oscar Pistorius amid fears event would become a 'media circus'

Super Saturday gold medal winners Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will be taking part at the Olympic Stadium

An unidentified Boston Marathon runner is comforted as she cries in the aftermath of two blasts which exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is supposed to show humanity at its best

If you need any convincing about the selflessness of a casual marathon runner, count the people wearing shirts saying “for Grandpa” or with cancer charity logos

Race for life: Run Dem Crew, founded by Charlie Dark (seated, centre). Three members will run the marathon at the weekend

On the fast track to happiness

For one crew represented at this year's London Marathon, running is about so much more than keeping fit, discovers Ian Burrell

Security beefed up worldwide after Boston Marathon blasts

Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide stepped up security today following twin explosions at the Boston Marathon that left at least two dead.

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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