this is brilliant: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7544392.stm
* they went on for six months
* they had a TUG OF WAR!!!!
* the favourite for the marathon collapsed from being too drunk
* the eventual winner of the marathon was also really drunk and went the wrong way several times and was eventually helped over the finish line by Athur Conan Doyle
* all the referees were corrupt or something