Londoners, their marathon and their city at its best

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It’s not only a race it’s a great London event, as four Londoners looking forward to Sunday explain

Joe Derrett, 41, is a moderate, rational, well-rounded human being, except when it comes to the London Marathon. He ran the capital’s great race for the first time in 2003, and describes it as “the toughest five hours of my life.” This did not put him off: “It was exhilarating, running past all the famous sights I’d seen runners go past on TV – the Cutty Sark, T…