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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

Charity sacks snail marathon man

A fundraiser who completed this year's London Marathon dressed as a giant snail has been sacked for not making enough money.

Video: Eddie Kidd finishes marathon

Former stuntman Eddie Kidd has completed the London marathon after nearly two months.

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Buster Martin: Man who claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101

Buster Martin, who died on 12 April, claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101. He ran the 2008 London Marathon in just under 10 hours, raising £20,000 for charity, and expected to be recognised as the oldest person to complete the distance, but was refused the accolade because he was unable to verify his age, amid suggestions that he could have been as "young" as 94.

David Weir: 'I have never seen myself as disabled'

He won last week's Marathon for a fifth time; now London 2012 is firmly in his sights

M1 blaze 'was started deliberately'

Fire investigators believe a scrapyard blaze that caused massive disruption to travellers on the M1 was started deliberately. The fire under an elevated section of the motorway in Mill Hill, north London, led to huge delays for football fans and people travelling to and from the London Marathon at the weekend.

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Sprint is on to run first sub two-hour marathon

Day after fastest London Marathon, Kenyan wins in Boston 57 seconds quicker than 2008 world record

M1 remains the road to nowhere with chaos set to drag on for days

The chaos that plagued motorists at the weekend shows no sign of abating, as the main artery connecting London and the North still faces days of closure and delays after a fire on Friday.

Keitany lets her feet do talking in challenge for Radcliffe

There are 466 days to go before London welcomes the world to the 2012 Olympic Games. It seems Paula Radcliffe will need every one of them if she is to catch up with the painfully shy little Kenyan woman who made a big statement of intent on the road from Blackheath to The Mall yesterday.

Leading article: Journey's end

This past weekend was always going to see a big influx of people into the capital for three of the year's major sporting events: the two FA Cup semi-finals and the London Marathon. And there are some things for which no one is to be blamed. It was no one's fault that the football brought to Wembley four teams from the North; no one's fault that a scrapyard fire broke out where it did, close to a key stretch of the M1, and no one's fault that the road had to be closed. Not every inconvenience can be put down to overzealous enforcement of "health and safety".

Thousands set off on London Marathon

Tens of thousands of runners set off in good conditions as the London Marathon got under way today.

Dave Bedford: 'Rebel in running shoes' at the finish line

Half a billion pounds for charity crowns hair-raising exploits of London Marathon's much-loved athlete

Inside Lines: Brave battle of GB Olympic star Sarah who lives for kicks

Sarah Stevenson, who won Britain's first Olympic taekwondo medal in Beijing, is facing an emotional personal battle as she prepares for next month's World Championships in Beijing, one she says has changed her outlook on life.

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