The top three finished inside the London course record, making for 3 of the fastest marathons ever. 1100 people finished inside 3 hours; I'm guessing there were a lot of personal bests run today. For those running, the weather was probably just right: a little cold, some moderate rain and almost no wind. For those at the finish line, me included, there was a little too much rain.
Martin Lel turns the final corner and opens up into an incredible sprint to the finish:
Finishers 3 and 4.
First Brit home, Dan Robinson (2h 13m), in the right hand picture
Liz Yelling coming home in a great time (2h 28m) ... and another Brit, Lucy Hasell (2h 40m) clearly feeling the pain
Some more early finishers ... nice tattoos on the right (plus looking very relaxed, compared with the folks on the left)
Geta Wami, second in New York last year, 3rd this time in 2h 25m; James Cracknell going sub 3, no matter the effort required
I thought that it was the end for this lady as she collapsed at my feet. Some quick hamstring massage and she was on her way again, finishing in less than 3h 30m, despite the fall.
Three wheels good; First Elvis home, sub 3 hours
Who needs wheels when you have arms that can carry you over the line. This guy stopped 20 yards short, pushed his wheelchair over the line and walked on his hands across the line in under 2 hours,
What the marathon is all about ... got to reach the finish, no matter what. Feels Like Team Spirit as the song might have gone.
Martin Lel, powering to the finish in a new course record. My favourite picture of the day.
Fantastic event, great organisation. I'm hoping to be there next year. Maybe.