On Lines

Miles of stories


Rooting for runners in the London Marathon, by the roadside or on screen, it’s easy to overlook the 26-mile, 385-yard backdrop of the city itself. This year, 27 writers dug deep to find – and write – the hidden stories, heroes and colour of each individual Marathon mile, from Greenwich to the Mall. Their pieces, complemented by films, artwork and photography, are being posted online daily in the weeks leading up to the April 21 race. Rebecca Dowman worked with Paul O’Brien, of Gutsy, on mile 12/13: www.26miles.org.uk/mile13