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An estimated 37,500 fun runners, amateur athletes, celebrities and elite sportsmen and women have taken part in the Virgin London Marathon – the world’s largest fundraising event.

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Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang won the elite men’s marathon and Mary Keitany, also from Kenya, defended her title.

The men’s wheelchair race was won by David Weir, his sixth victory, and Britain’s Shelly Woods won the women’s event.

More than 100 people were attempting to break world records during the race.

Prince Harry, who had earlier met volunteers at the event, was at the finishing line on The Mall – in front of Buckingham Palace – to congratulate runners.

Buckingham Palace

He told BBC 5 Live: “It’s the first time I’ve been on the finish line to watch it. It’s fantastic – a great atmosphere. Everyone’s very, very happy.”

Prince Harry joked that Prince William and wife Kate will run the marathon in 2013. See BBC news for full story.

Major sporting events such as the London Marathon adn the London Olympics attract millions of UK tourists to the capital in 2012.

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Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

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