On Sunday the streets of London were in complete lockdown as thousands of people bravely took on the challenge of the London marathon.
Just six days after the tragedy of the Boston marathon the race held a 30 second silence for the victims that were fatally killed in last week’s events.
But some runners from that race were able to make the journey to London to join the marathon on Sunday. Matthew Keys, who ran for Dogs Trust, said “As well as running for our charities we were running with the extra incentive for the Boston marathon victims.”
Emotions were running high on the day and no more so than for Adrian Langey, running for Shaw Trust. “At about the 12 mile mark I was struggling,” Adrian said, “but I must admit when I saw my daughter at 19 miles it brought a tear to my eye and made me think I’m doing this for her.”
The London marathon is famed not only for the runners but the support that the capital gives to the runners, something that Simon Mann, running for Saint Raphael’s Hospice, was grateful for. “The crowd were fantastic, always cheering your name whenever you started walking to keep you going, the general public are just awesome.”
The events of the Boston marathon clearly didn’t deter any of the spectators from one of the biggest events in the year’s calendar around London, and Martin Wells, running for Rainbow Trust, was very surprised to see how many people turned out. “I ran the London Marathon a couple of years back and there was nowhere near as many people then as there were today.”
The crowd were phenomenal, but it was each and every one of the runners that made the London marathon one of the best events of the year.
At one stage, an elderly man’s legs gave way beneath him right under Big Ben, but with just over a mile to go and after receiving five minutes of treatment, he was able to get back on his feet to finish the race.
A gruelling 26 mile run that many runners took with a pinch of salt wearing some extraordinary outfits, ranging from a man dressed in a shoe to people in morph suits.
But they are the people that make the London marathon what it is. It is the one race where more people are concerned with the average Joe than elite athletes like Mo Farah who managed half a marathon.
The public took each and every runner into their own hearts and were never silent. With the runners’ names emblazoned upon their chests, the general public cheered on complete strangers, showing an immense level of support.
The London marathon was one big happy family on Sunday.