The 38th running of the event saw a record breaking 50,000 runners cross the start line and possibly watched by thousands more road side and probably into the millions worldwide on TV.
The elites were at it again!!
Could Mo Farah break the British Marathon record of 2:08:16 set by Steve Jones in 1985? Could he possibly beat the fastest man in world over 26.2 miles, the incredible Eliud Kepochoge from Kenya? Alas, Farah finished in 3rd place, but managed to take the British record finishing in 2:06:21 (too slow Mo) maybe next time he should not throw his toys around in the water station.
In the women’s race, could Mary Keitany make it 3 wins in a row? Not this year, the Kenyans were here to party with 3 in the top 4, with Vivian Cheruiyot to take the win and 15th place overall in 2:18:31 leaving Paula Radcliffes 15 year old record intact, at least for another year.
Over with the masses and out on his own due to injuries to other QRC runners Ben Charlesworth took on the daunting task of running the streets of London. Ben achieved what he set out to do by raising money for his chosen charity.
Sustaining an injury early in the race Ben struggled and limped along determined not to let anybody down. Huge congratulations to Ben on what obviously was a difficult day, together with the race taking place in record breaking temperatures Ben did not let anybody down and I’m sure once the wounds have healed he’ll bet back to try again.
Ben finished in 5:57:13. Well done Ben a great achievement one that many will never achieve.