Cambridgeshire runners pound the streets at the 2012 London Marathon

Tens of thousands of fun runners and amateur athletes set off in bright sunshine as the 32nd London Marathon got under way this morning.

Hundreds of people from Cambridge and surrounding districts helped to make up the 37,500 athletes on the 26.2-mile course through the streets of the capital to earn medals and money for their chosen charities.

Despite the dry and sunny start, forecasters have warned of rain to come, although temperatures of around 13C are expected.

One of the region’s most high profile runners is Kevin Wells – father of  Holly Wells who was murdered along with friend Jessica Chapman 10 years ago.

Mr Wells, who is running in tribute to Holly and in support of Grief Encounter, told the News before the race: “Not only is this year the 10th anniversary of Holly, it’s also an Olympic year, and I realised it was a great opportunity to trumpet the charity, and do something positive to mark the anniversary.”

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