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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

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.

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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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