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‘Strangest ever’ London Marathon is virtual hit with 43,000 runners

  • Event organiser praises ‘indomitable spirit’ of competitors
  • Curtailed race will still raise tens of millions for charities

It was by common consent the most surreal London marathon in its 40-year history: with elite athletes cheered on by cardboard cutouts of the Queen across a special course in St James’s Park – and 43,000 people from 109 countries running the event “virtually” instead of on the capital’s streets.

However, organisers said they believed the “indomitable spirit” of every participant would serve as a beacon of light in dark and uncertain times – and that the race would help raise “tens of millions” for charities.

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