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On Sunday 24 April, Alastair Bernstone ran his first London Marathon. He had set himself two goals: to beat the four hour mark and raise £1,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. He smashed both targets, finishing in 3 hours 53 minutes 49 seconds and raising nearly £1,700 (more money is still coming in). Parents Lynn and Derek want to say "Thank you for all of the support he has received."

Since the first London Marathon in 1981, runners in the race have raised more than £770 million for charity, making it the largest annual one-day fundraising event in the world. This year, a record total of 247,069 people entered the ballot for the event, now sponsored by Virgin Money. Over 39,000 runners were on the Start Line although more than 50,000 runners were accepted. This is because organisers can predict, after 35 years, almost exactly what proportion of entrants will drop out due to illness, injury or other reasons before Race Day.

To find out how to enter for 2017, click here.

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