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Summary

  1. Daniel Wanjiru holds off Kenenisa Bekele to win men's race
  2. Kenya's Mary Keitany breaks women-only world marathon record
  3. Weir wins seventh London Marathon wheelchair race
  4. Manuela Schar wins women's wheelchair race in course record
  5. Got to the BBC Get Inspired index if you want to get into running
  6. Find links to highlights and the finish line at the top of this page

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse, Libby Dawes, Alan Beck and Sian Roberts

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That’s all from the live text team, notching up eight-odd hours sitting in chairs and watching other people do all the hard work. 

But if you still want more, or you’ve been out and about and want to catch up with highlights of the elite races, tune in to BBC Two at 18:00 BST (23:30 in Scotland).    

And if you've been inspired by the runners' efforts today and want to get involved, check out our Get Inspired guide to running.

The public ballot for the 2018 London Marathon opens on Monday 1 May and you can register at virginmoneylondonmarathon.com until Friday 5 May.

We'll be back next year - will you?  

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Running round the world

Congratulations Nick.

What are you going to do now?

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Harry does the twist

Here's a sense of what the London Marathon is about for all those supporting - FUN!

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Twinkle toes

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We look forward to seeing you take part next year then Olivia!...

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Still going?

Most runners have a time in mind as their target - and for most it would be less than eight hours. These days, in fact, it has to be, as the cut-off for a medal and an official time is now 18:15.

That means the official slowest-time record - 5 days, 8 hours, 29 mins and 46 seconds, set in 2002 by Lloyd Scott in an antique deep-sea diving suit before the time-limit was introduced - can’t be broken.

Lloyd Scott
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Lloyd has, however, since gone round as St George (in armour, complete with 200lb dragon), Indiana Jones (plus 350lb boulder), an Iron Giant (on stilts) and, most recently crawled round as Brian the Snail in 27 days in 2011.

If you’re still struggling round in a heavy costume, think of Lloyd. It can’t be this bad…

Lloyd Scott
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Lloyd Scott
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Forward planning

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We've taken note Simon...

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Oops!

Ellie Thomason

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Her husband told her to film herself at various points on the course. She was aiming for 4:30:00, she got 4:31:00. 

She's blaming her husband!!

We suggest you make him run it as well next time, Jodie!

Jodie holding her phone after completing the London Marathon
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Couch to 5K

And if you want to follow Debs' example, why not get started with the Couch to 5K app?

If you can walk for half an hour, chances are that you can pick up the pace and give running or jogging a try.

BBC Get Inspired has teamed up with Public Health England’s One You campaign to bring you the Couch to 5K programme. 

It has been especially designed for people who have done little or no running - so why not give it a go?

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From 60 to 70 for Deborah

Deborah Stewart is doing her third marathon, 10 years after doing her first at the age of 60.

Proof that you can never be too old to give it a go!

From 60 to 70 for Deborah

And your medal = food

So you’ve finished. You’re knackered. Proud. And starving hungry. 

Thankfully, getting into the spirit of the occasion, many places around town are offering free food and drink to marathon finishers who show their medal.

We're not at liberty to promote individual eateries, you understand, but just type “free food London Marathon” into your browser of choice and you'll find a host of places where you can turn your medal into food (figuratively speaking - don’t eat your medal).

More lovely medals!

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Share your finish line photos with us using #GetInspired

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And Glastonbury tickets as well!

Matthew Stride from Birmingham had been on a hard journey before he even put his feet on the London Marathon start line....

Matthew running for very personal cause

Flying high

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Brilliant effort from this crew. Someone get those people a hot towel!

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Mind Over Marathon - watch again

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The Heads Together campaign, run by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was a big feature of the lead up to this year's London Marathon, bringing attention to mental health issues and helping to reduce stigma and promote openness.

If you missed the first episode of the two-part BBC documentary Mind Over Marathon, you can catch up with episode one on iPlayer.

Mind Over Marathon
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Mind Over Marathon

Running romance

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We've had a wedding this morning and now a marriage proposal - it's been a pretty romantic run today!

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'Come on, David. You can do it!'

Dramatic and ultimately heart-warming scenes from the finish line earlier as Chorlton club runner David Wyeth struggled round the final bend but found a helping hand from a fellow runner and a steward.

Ultimate effort and camaraderie - that's what the marathon is all about.

London Marathon: An inspirational end to the Marathon for two runners
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Harmonious helpers

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Great to see these guys lending their support to all the runners and a great cause!

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Brogue Runner

Running shoes? No thanks!

Well done Paul for an amazing achievement.

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Time to show off those medals

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Animal magic

We've just spotted two camels come over the finish line (see bottom right, below).

Can you spot any other animals coming in?

You've got until 16:00 BST to watch the runners finishing via the stream above (or on your Red Button).

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Supporting stars

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Shout out to all the amazing safety and support workers who have been ensuring everyone is safe and happy today!

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Personalised finale

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They just played the Match of the Day theme tune as Chappers* crossed the finish.

*Match of the Day Two presenter Mark Chapman

Match of the Day presenter Mark Chapman finishing the London Marathon
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And more records tumbling...

As well as Michael's starring effort, courtesy of Guinness World Records, here are some more marks that have been broken so far today:

Joe Spraggins, Fastest marathon dressed as a swimmer – 2:42:24

Ashley Payne, Fastest marathon dressed as an elf – 2:58:26

Gary McNamara, Fastest marathon dressed as a fast food item – 2:59:35

Paul Richards, Fastest Marathon dressed as a Viking – 3:03:16

Malcom Treby, Fastest marathon dressed as a monk – 3:03:31

Alistair Atkinson, Fastest marathon dressed as a love heart – 3:11:27

Evan Williams, Graham O’Loughlin and Ian Williams, Fastest marathon in a three person costume (Fish in the sea) – 3:13:09

Simon Couchman, Fastest marathon dressed as a crustacean (male) – 3:13:18

Rebecca Cesar de Sa, Fastest marathon in film character costume (female) – 3:16:19

Laurence Morgan, Fastest marathon in a full-body animal costume (male) – 3:16:27

Daniel Jordan, Fastest marathon dressed as a nun – 3:17:12

Delicious victory! Fastest marathon female dressed as a gingerbread girl -  Cat Dascendis #LondonMarathon

Delicious victory! Fastest marathon female dressed as a gingerbread girl - Cat Dascendis #LondonMarathon

Shooting star

Amazing performance Michel!

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And here are some ways to get started

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A marathon might seem intimidating to many but everyone can benefit from running, from a gentle jog to 5k and up. This campaign from England Athletics might be the way to get started.

You can also take a look at our Get Inspired guide - or just search for athletics (which includes lots of running clubs) on our Activity Finder.

Inspired by the marathon

It's not all about the marathon finishers' times - it how they inspire others, too. Well done Joei for getting out of the gym and onto the road!

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Calorie counter

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Well done Gregory - time for a slap up meal!

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Camaraderie on the course

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So proud of you, Luke!

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BBC Sport reporter at the London Marathon

If you'll forgive us for bigging up a colleague, it's been a fabulous effort today from BBC Sport's Luke Reddy, who has somehow darted around London in 2:41:04 to finish 341st overall.

Here are his initial thoughts:

"It was going great to about 21 miles, then I got a stitch with tiredness kicking in, too. I was on for sub 2:40 but just clung on. PB of 11 years beaten by about 1min 40. Happy enough. Why do we forget how hard these things are between doing them?" 

Congratulations, Luke. We are in awe.

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And it seems it's not just Baasit who's been streaming their experience from the course...

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Baasit - you did it!

Congratulations to Gogglebox's Baasit Siddiqui, who dragged a head-cam around the course to stream a Facebook live for us.

Finishing time: 4:32:32, overall placing 21,160.

Great work, Baasit!

Bassit at the finish
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Keep going!

But don't leave us yet - we'll be staying with you on the live text to bring more stories, shout outs and tweets as runners continue to stream over the line.

If you're still out there, bits of you will be hurting. But this is what you trained for. Those dark nights and early mornings pounding the pavements this winter were banked for this moment. And if you’re on the sidelines, this is where you make a difference. Those final miles of doubt and fatigue. Cheer and clap until your throat and hands are sore and you know you did your bit.

Come on… EVERYONE!!!

Want more live coverage?

BBC One's live coverage is coming to an end, but you can still watch live pictures from the marathon. 

Just click on the link at the top of this page to watch a stream from the finish line.

'Dad is my motivation'

Inspirational marathon stories - Haroon Mota

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Haroon, 31, first ran the London Marathon in 2012. After what he described as a "painful and exhausting experience", he vowed never to do it again.

But that all changed four years ago, when his father was suddenly killed in a car crash. Haroon wants to honour his dad, who was always striving to make life better for others.

Running shoes back on, and determined to make his dad proud, Haroon decided to take on the mammoth mission of completing four marathons in one month.

"He is my motivation and I'm determined to make this challenge a success," Haroon said.

Haroon is running for the Penny Appeal, a global, humanitarian charity working to find water and food solutions, orphan care and medical aid in disaster and conflict areas. Over the four marathons, he aims to raise £20,000 in order to build a Solar Water Power Centre in Africa.

With three marathons down, London will be biggest challenge yet. But knowing he is making his dad proud, Haroon has all the motivation he needs.

You can read more inspirational London Marathon stories, here.

Sawyers reports on Mini Marathon

British long jumper Jazmin Sawyers caught up with those who took part in the Mini Marathon on Sunday morning....

'Taking the plunge and showing what they can do'

'Can I ask you a question?'

Before the race Rhian spoke to the Duke of Cambridge about his struggles with his mother's death 20 years on.

His Royal Highness was speaking as part of a BBC documentary in the Minds Matter series, which you can see on iPlayer, here.

The Duke of Cambridge meets mental health marathon runners

Showing the love

Lovely photo - and well done Rhian!

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Brendan's farewell to the marathon

Brendan Foster

Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator on BBC One

He doesn't retire until after this summer World Athletics Championships in London, but how will Brendan replace the marathon? Answer: he won't.

“What will I be doing next April? I shall be sitting watching the London Marathon with my breakfast. And then with my lunch.”

Sporting times

Kevin's official time was 3:30:53, giving him an overall placing of 6,478.

Some other sporting notables across the line:

Former Wales rugby star Shane Williams: 04:01:54, place 13,770

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune: 4:06:29, place 14,676

Still got it, fellas!