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Marathon's slowest but bravest run

THE last contestant to complete this year's London Marathon finally crossed the finish line yesterday.

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Letter: Marathon scandal

Sir: Martin Mottram may be on to something when he asks (letter, 11 December) whether the original Marathon runner had consumed performance- enhancing drugs. According to Robert Browning's poem Pheidippides, "fennel a-tremble with dew" seems to have been the main substance.

Athletics: McKiernan on fast track to fortune

Mutual affection does not hide the determination of a runner and coach who took their own time to reach marathon success. By Mike Rowbottom

EQUESTRIANISM; Britain make the wrong choice

GEORGE BOWMAN Snr and his sprightly team of four black cobs will not be adding to their medal collection for driving at the World Equestrian Games. On yesterday's difficult marathon section on the hills the 63-year- old Cumbrian driver, who has been runner-up for three previous world titles, had "hiccups" in most of the eight hazards. He is lying in 10th place as they go into today's final obstacle driving.

Brown concerned over financial support

Brendan Foster, the former world record-holder, angrily hit out yesterday at the lack of support for British distance runners.

McColgan confident she can conquer North test

Liz McColgan is ready to see off one of the strongest line-ups she has ever faced as she bids to extend her BUPA Great North Run domination on Sunday.

Komen running fastest down the well-trodden path

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London marathon victim named

A man who died during the London Marathon on Sunday has been named as 44-year-old James Herbert from Plymouth.

5 days in the life of Cathy Shipton

Monday: Six days to the London Marathon. Out of bed and running before I have time to think: just me, the herons and a couple of scullers on the river. I pushed hard yesterday, doing 12 miles in 1hr 29min - a personal best - I just wanted to go for it and felt strong. Rehearsals at 2pm today which feels like a luxury: I manage to do lines and get my life in some kind of order. I'm rehearsing Steaming, a bawdy, raucous and moving piece by Nell Dunn. We all gather after lunch in good spirits despite the fact that two of the cast have rotten colds. I make a mental note to take more vitamin C and zinc - I can't succumb to a cold at this stage. Oh, the hypochondria of the long-distance runner.

Moneghetti and the test of the best

An Olympic marathon staged miles, or even a hemisphere, away from where the rest of the Games are being held, is the serious proposal being put up by Steve Moneghetti, the Australian who starts today's London Marathon among the favourites after twice finishing second.

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Marathon runs into wall of security scares

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