LondonNet News Headlines
08/04/02
Marathon Fancy Dress Party
- 22nd London race set to draw half a million crowd

ON SUNDAY, the streets of London will be awash with men and women dressed in clown suits, animal costumes and silver foil*. Yes, it's London Marathon time again.

This year's event, the 22nd, will involve 30,000 participants, many of whom will don fancy dress in long-standing charity fund-raising tradition. The thousands of runners and wheelchair athletes will not be alone as more than 500,000 spectators are expected to turn up to watch an race that has become one of the biggest public events in London's calendar.

The 26.2 mile route starts at Greenwich and takes in some of London's most famous tourist sites, such as the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, the latter being right by the finish line. That line will be crossed in little over two hours by the elite marathon professionals who head the race.

* Cloaks of foil are used to provide instant warmth to exhausted athletes at the end of the race.



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