Get ready, set, run!

From speedy politicians to cheering crowds, the London Marathon is getting geared up for its 37th year this Sunday.

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The world’s largest annual fundraising event takes over the city one weekend every April, spanning across 26.2 miles.

The marathon attracts professional and amateur athletes from across the globe, so keep an eye out for future Olympians.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge currently holds the men’s course record of 2:03:05, set in 2016. This averages out at 12mph. If you’re hoping to try this out on your treadmill at home or in the gym, don’t worry as it won’t consume a whole lot of energy – although your body likely will.

In fact, studies show that running your treadmill for an hour would cost less than £1. This, of course, depends on the energy consumption of the machine.

Paula Radcliffe currently holds the women’s course record of 2:15:25, set in 2013.

Here are 5 things you may not know about the London Marathon:

1. Since its launch 36 years ago, London Marathon runners have raised over £770 million for charity.
2. There will be 1.25m bottles of water and energy drinks.
3. The hottest marathon day was in 2007 when temperatures peaked at 21.7°C.
4. There will be 1,200 St John Ambulance volunteers at this year’s race, including 30 cycle response specialists.
5. The highest amount raised by a single runner was £2,330,159.38 by Steve Chalke in 2011.

From all of us here at Spark, good luck to everyone taking part!

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