London Marathon: 35 years of change in 26.2 miles

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The founding and the growth of the London marathon reflect the modern life and times of the capital itself

Compared with what it has become, the very first London marathon was a tentative affair. It took place in 1981. Greater London’s population had reached an all-time post-war low of 6.6 million, with inner city areas particularly hit by a decades-long exodus to the suburbs and beyond. The Big Bang deregulation of financial services, which would transform the capital’s…