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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

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

Sarah Sands: Three cheers for Paula, my rhino, and chickens everywhere

By the time you read this, the professional London Marathon runners will have probably finished, the boundaries of physical excellence extended. The huddled masses could finish any time before sunset.

Fire disrupts travel for football fans

Travellers faced delays yesterday after a fire forced the closure of part of the M1 and disruption to rail services. The motorway was closed in both directions in north London and may not reopen until midday today.

Video: Fire near M1 hits getaway

Travellers looking to get away before the Easter Bank Holiday break were facing significant disruption today after a fire caused the closure of part of the M1 and delays to rail services.

Crisis at home weighs on Japan's No 1 ahead of London Marathon

Yukiko Akaba was in New Zealand in February, training with eight other members of the Japanese national marathon squad, when the foundations of her world started to shake. "We were in Christchurch when the earthquake struck," she recalled yesterday, sitting in a hotel next to Tower Bridge, having arrived in England for Sunday's London Marathon. "We'd just finished our lunch and we were all going back to our rooms. Our immediate thought was to escape and get outside. We went to a nearby park. It was a frightening and scary experience."

Easter traffic 'busiest for years'

This Easter is set to be one of the busiest on the roads "for several years", the AA said today.

Unemployment figures moving in 'right direction'

The Government said that unemployment was moving in the "right direction" despite an increase in the number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance and a youth jobless total of almost a million.

Outside Edge: When life is a long, hard road

Congratulations to Gladys Burrill, who has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person to complete a marathon at the age of 92.

Olympic marathon boss resigns

David Bedford, the former athlete in charge of the Olympics marathon, has resigned after a row with 2012 organisers.

David Bedford quits as 2012 marathon chief

London 2012's Olympic marathon chief has resigned due to his "frustration" with Games organisers, it has been revealed.

Bryan Robson backs Alex Ferguson view on FA Cup semi-finals

Bryan Robson has backed Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that next month's FA Cup semi-finals should not be held at Wembley.

Ferguson: Injuries make treble harder than in 1999

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted it will be far harder for Manchester United to land the treble this season than it was in 1999. United still have the chance to emulate their historic achievements of 12 seasons ago, even though they must overcome Chelsea in the Champions League, Manchester City in the FA Cup and stay top of the Premier League.

Mark Steel: Protest scenes that left Benghazi in the shade

From the way the news has been since Saturday, I expect this week's episode of Gardeners' Question Time to go: "Before answering the question about Mister Dibley's crocus, do the panel condemn the violence we saw in Oxford Street? Well come on, do you? DO YOU?"

Alex Ferguson predicts 'absolute chaos' on FA Cup semi-final weekend

Sir Alex Ferguson is predicting "absolute chaos" on FA Cup semi-final weekend.

Shot Pc David Rathband sues force over Raoul Moat attack

Shot Pc David Rathband said today he was suing his own force because he was left "a sitting duck" when gunman Raoul Moat declared war on police.

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