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Respect must be given to all those people who donned fancy dress outfits and ran the London Marathon - a task that would prove hard enough for most even without silly costumes.

I do not understand how people manage it. Many of the runners were beginners, training specifically for this event. I found it hard enough just running the 5k Race For Life last year so the thought of 26.2 miles is beyond me.

These are just ordinary people overcoming the pain barrier, running for fantastic charitable causes.

What is more amazing is the fact that some people ran in the over 70 years category!

Some ran for over eight hours, determined to do whatever it took get to the finish line and it is these people that you can not help but feel pride for.

I don’t think I have ever walked for eight continuous hours let alone ran.

It is these runners, those who do not regularly run, that make the London Marathon, or any Marathon, what it is.

It does inspire you to get out and do something, and although I do not think I will be signing up for a marathon any time soon, it does make me want to pick up my trainers and go out for a jog.

Maybe if I started training for a marathon now I might be ready to enter the race by the time I am 70!