Lorraine Moller on her way to winning
the inaugural London Marathon (1980)
Let's hope the London Marathon, this weekend, goes ahead unaffected by the tragic events in Boston.
As an aside, the first London Marathon (1980) was an all-woman affair, sponsored by Avon Cosmetics and organised by Kathrine Switzer, now a resident of Wellington, NZ. (Yes - Its a small World!).
This race proved to the IOC that women distance runners really could put on a sporting spectacle worthy of inclusion in the Olympics. It was due to the spectacular success of this marathon in 1980 which attracted as many as a million spectators onto the streets of London, that the the women's marathon was introduced to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.