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Runners descend on Wembley Stadium for half marathon

PUBLISHED: 13:12 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 15 March 2017

Thousands of runners took part in the Vitality North London Half Marathon (Photo: St Luke's Hospice)

Thousands of runners took part in the Vitality North London Half Marathon (Photo: St Luke's Hospice)

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Thousands of runners pounded the pavements in the third Vitality North London Half Marathon on Sunday.

The popular closed-road route, featuring “the greatest finish line in the world” according to organisers, began and ended at Wembley Stadium with Saracens’ Allianz Park marked as the half-way point.

On the return to the national stadium, runners were roared on by crowds numbering in the thousands who lined up to watch them cross the finish line.

Max Graves, who ran for St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton where his grandparents were cared for, said: ‘This was my first ever half marathon. I felt great until the hilly 10th and 11th mile which really took it out of my legs! It was very tough but ending up in Wembley Stadium made it extra special!

“St Luke’s Hospice has a very special place in my heart. St Luke’s looked after both of my grandparents during their final days.

“The staff and nurses made my grandparents and my family feel so welcome and the support they recieved was invaluable.”

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