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20/04/07
The Heat is on for Marathon Athletes
- Weather adds to fears and fun for competitors and crowd

onEdition Copyright image 2005CLOSE to 50,000 people will put their bodies through torment this Sunday as they take on the 27th London marathon.

Unlike last year's splosh through the rainy April puddles, runners, staggerers and wheelchair wheelers are likely to have to cope with strong sun and temperatures as high as 24c.

Ordinary runners might be breaking out in an early sweat due to the weather forecast, but for some of the elite athletes, London's early summer could prove to be a boost.

"Last year was dreadful," said Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, one of the all-time legends of the race and of sport in general. "This year I am sure will be very good."

Gebrselassie faces competition from a strong field including old friend and world record holder Paul Tergat, reigning champion Felix Limo and Olympic champion Stefano Baldini.

"I am always excited when I come to London and to win this event is one of the main dreams of all top athletes," said Tergat.

The weather is likely to ensure another huge turnout from spectators, with at least one million expected to line the 26 mile, 385 yard/42.195 km course.

For more information see the official London Marathon site.



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