In pictures: Thousands turn out for London Marathon

Runners cross Tower Bridge in glorious sunshine during Sunday's Marathon

Runners cross Tower Bridge in glorious sunshine during Sunday's Marathon - Credit: Archant

Tens of thousands of runners made their way through the East End for the London Marathon this weekend, with many wearing black ribbons as a tribute to victims of the Boston bombings.

Runners during the London Marathon on its way through Canary Wharf.

Runners during the London Marathon on its way through Canary Wharf. - Credit: Archant

Streets were lined with an estimated 700,000 spectators as 36,000 runners competed in the race, as extra police were drafted in amid security concerns.

Runners during the London Marathon on its way through South Colonnade, Canary Wharf.

Runners during the London Marathon on its way through South Colonnade, Canary Wharf. - Credit: Archant

Competitors ran through the East End as it basked in glorious sunshine after crossing the Thames at Tower Bridge.

They made their way along The Highway, through Shadwell and Limehouse, lapping the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf before heading back towards central London.

At the race start in Blackheath, event commentator Geoff Wightman introduced a 30 second silence as a mark of respect to the three people who died and more than 170 who were injured in bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon last Monday.

He said: “Marathon running is a global sport. It unites runners and supporters on every continent in pursuit of a common challenge and in the spirit of friendship and fellowship.”

Enjoy our pictures on the right hand side as the marathon passes through the East End.

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