Hot air balloons, sun, bleary eyes, TV cameras, thousands of brilliant runners, amazing costumes, hundreds of good causes, ballooning bobbies, celebrities including Olympic legend Jonathan Edwards and a visit from the smiley man with a beard - the Virgin Balloon Flights trip to the Virgin London Marathon 2011 had it all!

See the story in the pictures below…

Virgin Balloons at the London Marathon 2011

Phew – what a day!

Congratulations to all the runners, thanks to marathon organisers, balloon area organisers, pilots, crew and everyone who helped. We can’t wait for next year!

Check out our top five runner costumes here.

If seeing our balloons bobbing around on TV made you fancy a hot air balloon flight in Britain, fly with us here!