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Runners in an array of colourful costumes have been running in parks and on roads across the UK to mark the 40th London Marathon. Around 45,000 non-elite athletes were forced to take part remotely due to Covid-19, picking their own 26.2-mile courses. Georgina and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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News Review

London Marathon goes ahead

Runners in an array of colourful costumes have been running in parks and on roads across the UK to mark the 40th London Marathon. Around 45,000 non-elite athletes were forced to take part remotely due to Covid-19, picking their own 26.2-mile courses, Georgina and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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The story

Organisers of yesterday’s [Sunday 4th October] London Marathon say they are incredibly proud it went ahead during the pandemic.

Thousands of runners took part following their own routes across the country, including 87-year-old Ken Jones in County Tyrone, who finished in just under eight hours.

Key words and phrases

virtual
similar but not completely the same 

  • We held a virtual event so more people could attend.
  • During lockdown I felt like a virtual prisoner in my own home.

braves
deals with a difficult situation with courage 

  • They braved the elements to swim in the cold sea.
  • We decided to brave the crowds and go shopping in the sales.

heartwarming
bringing happiness and pleasure 

  • The film Paddington 2 has a heartwarming ending.
  • His kind actions were heartwarming.

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