London Marathon: Ipswich runner Helen Davies achieves a PB as fun runners set off

TENS of thousands of fun runners have set off in bright sunshine as the 32nd London Marathon got under way today.

Around 37,500 athletes are expected to finish the 26.2-mile course through the streets of the capital to earn their marathon medals and raise money for countless charities.

Setting off first thing this morning the elite runners should have crossed the finishing line in The Mall.

Among them, Ipswich runner Helen Davies (nee Decker) has achieved a personal best, completing the race in two hours, 34 minutes and 12 seconds.

Dozens of sportsmen and women from across Suffolk are taking part in the challenge for various charities while several celebrities will don their trainers to pound the streets of the capital.

Politician Ed Balls, BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, chef Gordon Ramsey and model Nell McAndrew will be among those taking to the course.

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