Yesterday saw the hottest London marathon on record, reaching a high of 23 degrees in St James’ park. Yet, 40,000 brave runners got out and sprinted, ran, walk or stumbled the 26.2 miles. According to the event organiser, each person was given an average of around 4.5 litres of water.
For those of us watching from the comfort of our sofa, the elite race was another incredible one. Weir won the wheelchair race for the 8th time. Kipchoge, from Kenya, won the Men ’s race in a time of 2:04:17. Mo Farah came in third with a time of 2:06:21, beating the British record. For the women’s race, Cheruiyot won in a time of 2:18:31, meaning Radcliffe’s record is safe for another year at least.
As always, there were some incredible outfits, despite the weather. The firefighters from Grenfell ran in their suits to raise money for the children affected by the tragedy. Whilst watching, I spotted a Paddington bear, a Darth Vader and a dinosaur. There was even a world record for a competitor dressed as a film star.
Celebrities were not in short supply either. 17 MPs completed the race. My favourite Great British Bake Off star Selasi finished in a time of 5:44:53. Chris Evans finished again in a time of 5:12:10. Joel Dommett finished in an incredibly speedy 3:34:18. Katie Price didn’t finish, but this is slightly more understandable bearing in mind she was dressed as two massive lungs for the British Lung Foundation.
So, all in all, it was once again a show of incredible spirit and strength. Whether they finished it in 2hrs or 8hrs, it showed runners from across the world coming together for the Spirit of London.