Running the numbers – the London Marathon

Shamelessly borrowed from the latest issue of Runners’ World magazine.

Temperature and weather:

  • Highest ever temperature: 22.2 degrees celcius in 2007
  • Average maximum temperature: 15.6 degrees celcius
  • Average minimum temperature: 9.2 degrees celcius
  • Lowest ever temperature: 5.3 degrees celcius in 2004
  • Wettest: 12.44mm of rain in 2004

Fastest time dressed as:

  • a fairy: 2:49:44
  • Dracula: 2:42:17
  • Captain Kirk: 3:21:22
  • in a wedding dress: 3:41:40
  • a vegetable (carrot): 2:59:33

Occupations:

  • Most common in 2012: teachers (2,974)
  • Least comon occupation in 2012: psychiatrists (16)

Finishers:

  • 36,748 finishers in 2012
  • total of 854,638 finishers so far
  • 20% of starters did not finish the first London Marathon
  • 0.5% of starters did not finish in 2012

Fastest times:

  • Male: Emmanuel Mutai, 2011, 2:04:40
  • Female: Paula Radcliffe, 2003, 2:15:25 (world record)
  • Briton: Steve Jones, 1985, 2:08:16

What makes the marathon:

  • 75,000 bottles of water
  • 60,000 gels
  • 100lb of vaseline
  • 7,400 marshalls
  • 1,000 St John Ambulance volunteers
  • 400 urinals at the start
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