January 31 2015 Latest news:
In March 1981, runners gathered in the capital for the first-ever London Marathon. Nearly 20,000 had applied for places, but with restrictions on the number of entrants just 6,255 started the race.
Thirty-three years on and nearly 40,000 people will be lining up for the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday. The race starts in Greenwich Park and takes runners on a 26.2-mile tour of some of London’s most famous sights including Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf and the London Eye before finishing in the shadows of Buckingham Palace.
Each year, millions of pounds are raised for good causes and while the elite athletes may be striving for a personal best, or even a chance at smashing the London record, thousands upon thousands of runners will simply be hoping to finish the line and raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity.
We wish all of the runners from Suffolk and north Essex the best of luck.
Each week photographer Andy Abbott looks back at the milestones he covered in west Suffolk during his time with the EADT, and this week he is looking back at a more personal landmarks and how they sparked a fundraising bid that never went away.
Click on the map to view a larger version, showing mileage markers with approximate times for the average runner completing in four hours and 30 minutes.
Reporter Lauren Everitt is running in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, and hopes to raise £2,000.
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