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7 London Marathon stats that will make you go wow!

As the London Marathon edges closer each day. Oasis Community Learning and Oasis Academies have a number of staff taking part this weekend. Using information provided by BBC Sport, we take a look at 7 London Marathon stats that will be sure to make you go wow!

This year Oasis Community Learning’s CEO John Murphy, National Director of Academies Philip Beaumont, and Executive Assistant to the Regional Director Lara Fisher are all running this weekend! We couldn’t be prouder of them. You can donate to them all using the two links below.


After the London Marathon you expect to ache all over, be extremely tired and need to eat a lot of recover food. I think these are a given after a marathon for sure.

But what are some of the potentially unexpected interesting facts of running for hours through the streets of London?

From how many steps a marathon runner takes to how much weight is lost during the race, Get Inspired uncovers some weird and wonderful London Marathon stats you would never expect to be true.

All the calories

On average, a marathon runner burns the equivalent of 10.5 ‘high-street’ burgers which pretty much works out to a staggering 2,600 calories.

Power up

Each marathon runner burns enough energy to charge a smart phone for 1 year. Bet you didn’t know that one!

Breaking a Sweat

The combined amount of sweat produced by all 2018 London Marathon runners would have filled an immense 2,340 bath tubs.

You look shorter to me

During a race, the average marathon runner loses 1.25cm due to spine compression. In the 2018 London Marathon the total height loss equated to, not 1 but 4 Big Ben’s worth! (Don’t worry, all the runners regained their height about 24 hours later as the discs in the spine regain their fluid).

Binge Watch

The 2018 London Marathoners ran for a total of 194,713 hours combined. That’s a lot of hours, even enough time to watch every episode of Game of Thrones 2,802 times.

Le Jog

The combined distance of all the 2018 London Marathon finishers is equal to going from Land’s End to John O’Groats 1,296 times.

Rest day

On average, a marathon runner takes 50,000 steps. Following the race you could probably get away with 5-step free days after.

A version of this article was published on BBC Sport Get Inspired on the 24th April 2019.