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Pictures: The best images from today's London Marathon

More than 40,000 registered to run the 26.2 mile trek through the UK capital.

TODAY, THE 37TH London Marathon took place.

Over 40,000 runners signed up for the gruelling 26.2 mile run.

Mary Keitany of Kenya was the first woman to cross the line, and managed to break a world record for the women’s-only marathon in the process.

Her time of 2:17:01 was 41 seconds quicker than the time that UK Olympian Paula Radcliffe achieved in the same race in 2005.

In the men’s race, Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won in a time of 2:05:56.

There were a few familiar faces among the crowds of runners and supporters, as well as a few more colourfully-dressed competitors.

Here are some of the best images captured at today’s London Marathon:

Royal Seal

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Princes Harry and William cheering (?) on runners in Blackheath Source: Chris Radburn PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Cheeky Source: Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images

Britain London Marathon Source: Luke McGregor AP/PA Images

Women’s race

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Buckingham Palace the backdrop as Keitany runs to the finish Source: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Keitany after crossing the finish line Source: Yui Mok

The rest of the pack

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon A flurry of runners at the beginning of the marathon Source: Steven Paston PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners making their way over the iconic Tower Bridge Source: Andrew Matthews PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Crowds on Tower Bridge Source: Steven Paston PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon The Tower of London and the Shard in the background Source: Steven Paston PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners circling the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich Source: Chris Radburn PA Wire/PA Images

Fancy Dress

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Rule one of running a marathon? Wear comfortable shoes Source: Steven_Paston

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Is this a receipt? We think it is... Source: Steven Paston PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Source: Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Sources say Mrs Potato Head streaked away and finished far earlier than her husband did. Source: Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images

Wheelchair Race

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Source: Adam Davy PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon David Weir winning the men's wheelchair race Source: Yui Mok PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon David Weir taking the lead in a close men's race Source: Yui Mok PA Wire/PA Images

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Manuela Schar coming home in first place in the women's wheelchair race Source: Yui Mok PA Wire/PA Images

Men’s race

Britain London Marathon Daniel Wanjiru winning the men's race Source: Tim Ireland AP/PA Images

Britain London Marathon The top three men to finish the race. Daniel Wanjiru came home in 2:05:56 Source: Tim Ireland/PA Images

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