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Prince Harry greets runners at the end of the London Marathon

For this third year in a row, Prince Harry took part in the London Marathon supporting the runners.

Prince Harry was on hand to bring in the celebrations at the end of the race. His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, started the race from Windsor.

Harry met with the marathon’s staff members and part of the first aid team of St. John’s Ambulance before the racers crossed the finish line.

As the runners came in, Prince Harry cheered on and handed out prizes to the wheelchair, IPC races and elite men and women.

 

Last year, Prince Harry was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when the trio started the race which was supporting their foundation, Heads Together.

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Queen Elizabeth remotely started the race from her home in Windsor.

The 92-year-old Monarch started the race by pressing a button from Great Windsor Park where Her Majesty is staying for the weekend.

At 10:00am, The Queen’s face was broadcast on the big screens at the official start of the marathon in Blackheath, London.

Upon the press of a button, she sent around 40,000 runners on their way for the 26.2-mile trip to the finish on The Mall.

The Marathon takes it name historically according to myth and legend from the run made by a messenger, Pheidippides, from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to tell of a Greek victory, in around 490BC.

The distance between Marathon and Athens is actually 25 miles (40km), and for the initial marathons, the distance was around that figure depending on the distance between two appropriate places the organisers decided to use.

The London Marathon has been held since 1981 and has a mixture of elite, club and fun runners who each year raise thousands of pounds for individual charities.

It was created by Chris Brasher, a former Olympic champion and John Disley, since its inception it has raised £450 million and counting, the 2009 event is in the Guinness Book of Records after £47.2 million was raised through sponsorship.

Through the years many celebrities have also run the raise, including celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsey and Bernie Clifton who did the course in his ostrich costume.

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