London Marathon to celebrate 1 million milestone

Joint winners Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen battle for the top spot at the first London Marathon in 1981. Photo: Getty Images

History will be made on April 24th when the Virgin Money London Marathon's millionth runner crosses the event's finish line.

To celebrate the incredible milestone, London Marathon organisers have launched a campaign to celebrate every single runner who has completed the 26.2-mile challenge in the capital since the inaugural race in 1981.

As part of the campaign, a database of historical results has been created so that all #oneinamillion runners will be able to search by the year (or years) they ran to find their #oneinamillion finisher number(s).

From 5th February, every finisher in the event's 35-year history will be able to order a special #oneinamillion t-shirt featuring their unique #oneinamillion finisher number, via the London Marathon website.

Runners in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon will be able to order their #oneinamillion t-shirt after this year’s race. All profits from the t-shirts will go to the London Marathon Charitable Trust to fund sports facilities in London and other areas.

'We want to celebrate every member of the London Marathon family,' said event director Hugh Brasher (#oneinamillion 23967).

'This is about every single runner who has ever run the event, from club runners to our champions and world record holders, from the charity runners who have raised so many millions for good causes to first-timers.'

Runners who have finished the event at any point between 1981 and today are invited to share a selfie holding their medal with @LondonMarathon on Twitter, using the hashtag #oneinamillion.