The team at OutdoorsRadar always look forward to the interesting stories and facts and figures that land in our inboxes with the wave of publicity surrounding the London Marathon. Some of the revelations can be extremely useful, while others can be brilliantly bizarre. We thought we’d share some of the highlights that we’ve encountered…

Strange footwear

Revitalise, a national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers, has informed us that one of its fundraisers will be attempting to break a Guiness World Record at the marathon for running the fastest time in a pair of flip-flops.

Don’t be surprised to see your teacher at the front

The official technology partner for the London Marathon, Tata Consultancy Services, has conducted a survey of 2,000 Brits ahead of the race. Along with discovering that full-time parents walk or run an average of 11.38 miles every week, the survey also found that teachers walk or run almost 20 miles a week.

The young and the old

The oldest runner in this year’s race has run more London Marathons than the youngest runner has seen birthdays – twice as many in fact. The oldest runner this year is 89-year-old Kenneth Jones who has run every race since 1981. The youngest is Bronte Randle-Bissell who will stand on the Start Line aged 18 years and three days.

Our MPs are fitter than they use to be

A record total of 16 MPs are taking part in the marathon this year. One of them is Graham Evans, Conservative MP for Weaver Vale. “As a politician it’s always nice to be cheered for four or five hours; it makes such a change,” he said.

 

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