Last Sunday, 23rd April saw the 37th London Marathon take place. Over 50,000 runners took part across all the categories, including competitive Championship runners, overseas entries, “Good for Age” entries, public ballot entries and those running on behalf of their chosen charity to raise money. The London Marathon really is for anyone and everyone who enters and is selected to take part.
Records held for the London Marathon
This year there was a record number of runners, with the Championship runners setting off first, followed later by the other categories. Although there was not a new London Marathon record set this year, many runners challenged the current Men’s Course record, which is currently held by Kenyan runner Eluid Kipchoge and was set in the 2016 race at a time of 2:03:05.
Achievements for the 2017 race
Fantastic times this year included this year’s winner, Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya, who completed the course in 2:05:56. Other strong achievements came from Josh Griffiths, 23, a British runner who finished his Marathon debut in just in 2:14:49 leaving him automatically qualify for a place at August's Worlds. He was the fastest Brit to finish the course this year but gave credit to well-known runner Robbie Simpson, who finished the course just a few seconds behind and helped Griffiths keep pace throughout the run. The winner of the Women’s race was Kenya’s Mary Keitany. The 35 year old mother of two completed the race in an astonishing 2:17:01, which is the second fastest women’s time historically for a mixed Marathon race.
Other notable events
Alongside the many fancy-dress runners who grace the course with their presence each year, there were other notable events that occurred during this year’s race and kept spirits high. Perhaps the most noble was Matthew Rees. The Welsh Swansea Harrier runner spotted fellow runner, David Wyeth, running for the Chorlton Runners, struggling to continue to move his legs with just 200m remaining to the finish line. Instead of carrying on to finish the race in his best possible time, Rees chose to slow down and walk with Wyeth who was then able to carry on to complete to race to the finish line. This act of selflessness shows just how the London Marathon can be uniting and bring out the best in people to work together.
Supporting the London Marathon
Marathon Professional Services are proud to say that we play a part in making such an incredible annual event happen. We support the IT behind the London Marathon each year, and have been doing so for many years.
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