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Choose your own runner number

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Original Marathon enables you to choose your own runner number and all profits are given to our charity partner, Aspire. This is optional and if you do not select a race number, one of the spare numbers will be allocated to you prior to the event.


Checkout some of the key numbers from the original 26.2 mile marathon, back in 1908:


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London 1908 Marathon – runner number profiles and where they came in the race:


1. J M Lynch – Australasia DNF

2. W V Aitken – Australasia DNF

3. G B Blake – Australasia DNF

4. J M Baker – South Africa DNF

8. Charles Hefferon – South Africa 2nd 2:56:06 (was in first place until he got cramp from drinking champagne given to him by a spectator on route)

9. G Koulcumberdos – Greece DNF

10. A Koutoulakis – Greece DNF

11. K Nieminen – Finland 10th 3:09:50 (1st Finn to finish the Olympic Marathon)

12. G Lind – Russia 19th 3:26:38 (1st Russian to finish the Olympic Marathon)

13. W T Braams – Netherlands DNF

14. A C H Vosbergen – Netherlands DNF

15. W W Wakker – Netherlands 20th 3:28:49 (first dutchman to finish the Olympic Marathon)

17. G J M Buff – Netherlands DNF

18. F Celis – Belgium (the first Belgian to finish an Olympic Marathon would not be until 1920, when A Broos in 4th place)

19. Dorando Pietri – Italy DQ (First across the line but DQ’s. First Italian to finish an Olympic Marathon was not until V Arri in 1920 winning Bronze)

20. U Blasi – Italy DNF

24. J Forshaw – USA 3rd 2:57:10

25. S H Hatch – USA 14th 3:17:52 (only runner from 1904 to return to the Olympic Marathon)

26. Johnny J Hayes – USA 1st 2:55:18 (second across the line, but awarded Gold after US Team appealed after Pietri received assistance from officials.

28. F Lorz – USA DNS (finished first in St Louis 1904 Olympic Games, but was subsequently disqualified for riding a bike for some of the way in the race)

29. T P Morrissey – USA DNF

31. M J Ryan – USA DNF

33. L Tewanina – USA 9th 3:09:15

34. A R Welton – USA 4th 2:59:44

35. W Wood – DNS duplicate entry. A W Wood ran for Canada

37. F Reiser – Germany DNF

39. G Tornros – Sweden 21st 3:30:20

40. J F Svanberg – Sweden 8th 3:07:50

42. S L Landquvist – Sweden DNF

43. J Lindquvist – Sweden DNF

46. E Rath – Austria 25th 3:50:30

48. Nojedky – Bohemia 18th 3:26:26

49. R C Hansen – Denmark 26th 3:53:15

50. J F Jorgensen – Denmark 23rd 3:47:44 (First Dane to finish an Olympic Marathon)

52. A Duncan – United Kingdom DNF

53. J G Beale – United Kingdom 17th 3:20:14

54. T Lord – United Kingdom 15th 3:19:08

55. J Price – United Kingdom DNF

56. Henry Frederick Barrett – United Kingdom DNF (The following year won the Polytechnic Marathon in a world record time of 2:42:31 in only his second ever marathon. He held the world record for just 3 months, before Thure Johansen (Sweden) beat his time by 1 minute 57 secords. He failed to finish both the London 1908 and Stockholm 1912 Olympic Marathons)

57. F B Thompson – United Kingdom DNF

58. E Barnes – United Kingdom 13th 3:17:30

59. A Wyatt – United Kingdom DNF

60. F Appleby – United Kingdom DNF

61. T Jack – United Kingdom DNF

63. W T Clarke – United Kingdom 12th 3:16:08 (highest placed Brit in London 1908 Olympic Marathon)

64. F Simpson – Canada 6th 3:04:28

65. H Lawson – Canada 7th 3:06:47

66. W Goldsboro – Canada 16th 3:20:07

67. G Goulding – Canada 22nd 3:33:26

68. W Wood – Canada 5th 3:01:44

71. J Caffery – Canada 11th 3:12:46

72. Tom Longboat – Canada DNF - Tom was an Onondaga distance runner from the Six Nations Reserve. We was a war hero - as a runner. Twice wounded and twice declared dead! He won the 1907 Boston Marathon in a record time.He turned professional in 1909 and beat Dorando Pietri in a race in New York City

73. G Lister – Canada 27th 4:22:45 – the slowest time in 1908

74. A Burn – Canada 24th 3:50:17

75. J Tait – Canada DNF


All profit (after VAT) and costs, from the runner number sales are given to our charity partner Aspire.


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