The build up to such a major event is nearly over as tomorrow will see thousands of runners complete the Virgin London Marathon 2014. Here are some quirky and fun facts that you might not have heard about which relates to the big run tomorrow, take a look.
Did You Know - The name 'marathon' originates from the legend of Pheidippides, who in 490BC was said to have run from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, a distance of 24.8 miles, to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persians.
Only Cheat If It's A Joke - One of the great Olympic scandals came in the 1904 marathon in St Louis, USA. American athlete Fred Lorz, suffering from stomach cramps, hitched a lift for 11 miles, then got out and ran into the stadium to be crowned Olympic champion. He was later disqualified and banned for life – but the ban was lifted when Lorz claimed he had done it as a joke.
Record Holder - The greatest British female marathon runner is Paula Radcliffe. She’s still the world record holder, having run 2hr 15min 25sec at the London Marathon in 2003. She won eight of her first ten marathons. But the two she didn’t win were the Olympic races at Athens and Beijing.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU TOMORROW :)
Reference - http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-marathon-running