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In Pictures: There’s Mo limits – the tale of the London Marathon

It is thought the 38th edition of the world-famous race could be the hottest on record.

London Marathon runners received a royal send-off as the Queen pushed the event’s start button, sending thousands of competitors pounding through the capital’s streets.

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The Queen with Sir John Spurling, chairman of London Marathon Events (Chris Jackson/PA)
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The Queen presses a button at Windsor Castle to start the London Marathon (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Queen started the event from Windsor Castle at 10am by pressing the traditional red button, seeing the elite men’s race including four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, sprint over line.

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And they're off (Adam Davy/PA)
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Sir Mo Farah among the early leaders (Adam Davy/PA)

With clear blue skies and sticky highs of up to 23C (73.4F) expected, it is thought the 38th edition of the world-famous race could be the hottest on record.

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The Elite Men reach the halfway point, as seen from Tower Bridge Exhibition's Glass Floor (Steven Paston/PA)
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The view to the finish line (Paul Harding/PA)
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David Weir crosses the line to win the Men’s Wheelchair marathon (Paul Harding/PA)
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Australia’s Madison de Rozario wins the Women’s Elite Wheelchair race (Paul Harding/PA)
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Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot (centre) celebrates winning the Women’s London Marathon (Paul Harding/PA)
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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge win’s the Men’s race (Paul Harding/PA)

Sir Mo Farah finished third in the men’s race in a British record time, unofficially recorded as two hours, six minutes and 21 seconds.

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Sir Mo Farrah finishes third in the Men’s Marathon (Paul Harding/PA)
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Sir Mo Farah and Prince Harry speak after the race (Paul Harding/PA)
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TV presenter Sophie Rayworth poses with her medal after completing the race (Paul Harding/PA)

And of course, there were plenty of brave souls tackling the 26-mile course in a multitude of fancy dress costumes…

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(Paul Harding/PA)
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(Paul Harding/PA)

The heat was taking its toll on many of the participants…

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(Paul Harding/PA)
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Marathon participants run through spray showers to cool down (John Stillwell/PA)
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(Paul Harding/PA)
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A runner uses a shower to cool off (John Stillwell/PA)

But it didn’t stop them completing the race…

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(Paul Harding/PA)

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