Around the globe, people are limbering up for the 2009 edition of the Flora London Marathon.
Set to take place in the English capital on Sunday April 26th, the event has a history dating back to 1981, which saw 20,000 people apply to take part.
The marathon has come a long way since then, with more than 80,000 individuals applying to take part in last year's run, 46,500 being accepted and 34,497 crossing the line.
People wishing to go for gold have the chance to compete against Martin Lel from Kenya, who won the 2008 marathon with a time of 2:05:15 and is set to return in the 2009 event in a bid to defend his title.
Meanwhile, there are only a few days left for people wishing to apply online for the Bupa London 10,000 course, with web-based entries only being accepted until the end of February.
High-profile entrants in the Wheelchair London Marathon include Beijing Paralympic Games champion David Weir, who is aiming to win his fourth consecutive marathon.
"I haven't got the worry of training for Beijing this year, so you never know what can happen. The marathon field is opening up now with a lot of athletes coming through," he commented.
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