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Marathon trio planning golden tribute in memory of Wanjiru

It was an historic moment for Kenya. When Sammy Wanjiru breasted the blue and white tape at the finish line in the Beijing Bird's Nest in August 2008, he made the sign of the cross and dropped to his knees in supplication. Kenya's prayers had been answered.

Mo Farah was encouraged to run by his PE teacher Alan Watkinson

Team GB's Mo Farah's inspirational former PE teacher to cheer him at London 2012

Out of the 80,000-strong crowd who will see Mo Farah compete tomorrow the proudest spectator will be his best man and former PE teacher Alan Watkinson.

Torchbearer Phillips Idowu 'full of emotion'

British medal hopeful Phillips Idowu was "full of emotion" today as he carried the Olympic Torch in Stratford - just a stone's throw from the Olympic Park in east London.

Paula Radcliffe battling to overcome foot injury ahead of Olympics

Paula Radcliffe is confident she will be able to compete at London 2012 despite the recurrence of a foot problem.

Olympic torchbearers cash in by selling torches on eBay

Olympic torchbearers have cashed in on their once-in-a-lifetime privilege by selling their torches on eBay.

Paralysed woman Claire Lomas completes London Marathon in bionic suit

A paralysed woman has become the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit.

A man dressed as a womble during yesterday’s London Marathon

Robin Scott-Elliot: Marathon lifts the soul – if only the Jose and Pep Show could run and run

View From The Sofa: London Marathon BBC1; El Clasico, Sky Sports

Runners enjoy the perfect conditions at the start of the Virgin London Marathon this morning

Celebrities, fun runners and top athletes take on London Marathon challenge

Tens of thousands of fun runners and amateur athletes set off in bright sunshine as the 32nd London Marathon got under way today.

The Blagger's Guide To ...World Book Night

A million books, 25 titles, one big giveaway

Claire Hallissey (pictured) seems best placed to target Jo Pavey's time

Glory and Games places up for grabs on London streets

Kenyans chase victory and Olympic spots while British runners have their last chance to qualify

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'The patriotic Olympic nappy has the Union Jack emblazoned upon its rear

Who knew that Paula Radcliffe had it in her to brazen out her new role as Olympic frontwoman for Pampers nappies while ignoring the obvious irony? Somehow she has done just that. Radcliffe has posed for photo-shoots and made promotional films with her infant son modelling the GB Design Active Fit nappy, without a single raised eyebrow or knowing smirk about her own legendary lavatory stop.

Yamauchi in fine form on return

Mara Yamauchi returned to the marathon after a gap of 17 months with an encouraging third place in the Yokohama event in Japan yesterday. The 38-year-old Oxford woman clocked 2hr 27min 24sec behind the Japanese pair of Ryoko Kizaki and Yoshimi Ozaki.

The business on...Tom Toumazis, Chief executive, Mecom

An action man, we hear?

Yes, Tom Toumazis, who startedyesterday as the chief executive of the newspaper group Mecom, is an energetic sort of chap.

The inside track: 'What I discovered when I walked 400 miles of London’s Underground, overground'

For the author Mark Mason, there was only one way to capture the culture, history and feel of the capital: to follow the route of its 400 miles of Tube track, encountering lederhosen-wearing pub-goers, stories of the Krays, Nelson's burial place and the secrets of the Marlboro Man along the way
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam