London Marathon

Marathon pair in world record bid

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Two women from Teesside are hoping to set a new world record for being the fastest females to run next weekend's London Marathon - dressed as a toiletry item.

Fiona Henderson (pictured right) works as a dentist and aims to be the fastest female dressed as a tooth.

Whilst her friend Katie Henderson, who is a Cleveland Police officer, will run as a tube of toothpaste.

Katie Henderson and Fiona Henderson
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London Marathon fundraising hits £1bn

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The Duke of Sussex has thanked runners preparing to take part in the London Marathon, as total fundraising over the years hit £1 billion.

Harry, who is awaiting the birth of his first child, branded the race, which takes place in 10 days' time, "an extraordinary force for good".

The duke said in a video message tweeted by Virgin Money London Marathon that the funds had supported hundreds of charities around the world, helping those most in need. "The London Marathon is an extraordinary force for good," Harry said.

"It is the biggest one-day fundraising event on the planet and helps hundreds of charities at home and abroad provide vital services to those that need them most."

He added: "This year's Virgin Money London Marathon will see the total raised for charity surpass a record-breaking £1 billion.

"For every runner that has contributed to this and for those of you taking part this year, thanks a billion."

Hugh Brasher, event director of the race, said: "The London Marathon has set a world record for fundraising for an annual one-day event every year since 2007, with an incredible £63.7 million raised from the 2018 event.

"That brought the total raised since 1981 to more than £955 million and on Sunday 28 April 2019, in the 39th London Marathon, we will break the £1,000,000,000 mark."

'It's amazing and I'm so grateful'

Dorset eight-year-old with leukaemia inspires team of London Marathon runners.
Eight-year-old Torri Stranger from Gillingham, who has leukaemia, has inspired a team of eight London Marathon runners.

So far, 'Team Torri' has raised around £20,000 for the charity Children with Cancer UK. Our reporter Charlotte Foot has been to meet three of them.

Running the London Marathon in a sleeping bag

Ben Burfoot is raising awareness and funds for Winchester Nightshelter.

Wheelchair athlete gearing up for London Marathon battle

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Sarah Piercy

A wheelchair athlete from Devon is gearing up for a battle with the organisers of the London Marathon.

Sarah Piercy, from Exeter, can no longer race competitively but she wants to enter next year's marathon in a vintage wheelchair that she has been restoring.

The 1940's hand bike is chain driven and that's banned under the rules, but she's hoping to find a way around that...

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