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1981 race report

The men's race

A fitting finish
It wasn't the first marathon to be held in London, but it was the biggest. Conditions were warm and humid and the race was an unqualified success, won in the true spirit of the event by American Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen from Norway who ran through the finish line holding hands in 2:11:48. British Olympian Trevor Wright was more than a minute behind in third place.

The women's race

Smith dips under 2:30
Joyce Smith won the women's race in 2:29:57 (the first time she had finished under 2:30:00) some nine minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Gillian Drake. Then little known Veronique Marot was ninth in 2:46:51.