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History of the London Marathon

Here are the highlights of 38 years of fun, fitness and fundraising.

  • In the beginning
    The story of how the first London Marathon was born.
  • Course history
    A history of how the runners' route around London has changed over the years.
  • Charity history
    The growing importance of the London Marathon as a fundraising event, helping hundreds of good causes, year after year.
  • Sponsor history
    Discover who's been backing the London Marathon over the years, and why having a sponsor is so important.

See the results and reports of past London Marathons.