Hats off to you all. Sunderland people have a strong affinity with the London Marathon.
And what better time to look back at some of Wearside’s finest who have taken part in the race, whether it has been as a leading runner or a charity supporter.
The iconic event returns on Sunday when 58,000 people will run more than 26 miles.
1. A star from Sunderland
Sunderland Marathon runner Alyson Dixon, pictured in 2011. She was the first British female runner to finish the race in 2017. Photo: Picture by Tom Yeoman
2. Top stuff David
David Craig, aka Jaff from the band Futureheads, was taking part in the London Marathon in 2010. Photo: se
3. A tough cookie in 2011
Jamie Glover was pictured on a run through Sunderland City centre in training for the London Marathon, dressed as a cookie monster 12 years ago. Photo: Picture by Angela Burn
4. A reflection from 2003
Karen Boggon and Colleen Mardghum were hard at work in training 20 years ago. The two workers for Bradford and Bingley Building Society grabbed a spot of exercise in the window of the Shelter charity shop in Fawcett Street. Photo: KB