London Marathon

London Marathon

From the inaugural race in 1981, the London Marathon has become a national institution. The first was run on 29 March 1981, raising money for charity and good causes. Former Olympic champion Chris Brasher helped to establish the race, having participated in the New York Marathon in 1979. Brasher set out six objectives he hoped the London Marathon would achieve:

  1. To improve the standard and status of British marathon running
  2. To show mankind that, on occasions, the Family of Man can be united
  3. To raise money for the provision of much-needed recreation facilities in London
  4. To help London tourism
  5. To prove that when it comes to organising major events, 'Britain is best'
  6. To have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world

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