London Marathon 2011
April 17, 2011 by staff
London Marathon 2011, They were put in rhino suits, suits pantomime dame, tutus and other groups tied to little more than tape and determination. Ran solar light to beat personal bests, for the buzzing of the same, to show, for no longer young, still could, and the simple pleasure of being part of the party on the taxiway is the London Marathon. Behind the thousands of athletes work together on Sunday was a myriad of personal challenges made every step of the grueling 26.2-mile race experience deeper and richer.
Among them was David Rathband PC, Northumbria Police traffic officer blinded by Raoul Pit gunman, who said he used the memory of the attack to finish the race. “People are going to use any things that need to overcome the barriers of pain,” he said after crossing the finish line.
Some had their causes in the back of their shirts: “Because Uncle Ben,” said one, “Mommy,” another proclaims. “They’re coming along the embankment, the last few miles and think, ‘I have a long way to go,” said Mary Wilkins, 45, assistant professor of Weymouth, Dorset, who ran in memory of her late mother in-law, Colleen. “But then, it’s hot and the last two and a half miles seems impossible. So I said, ‘Come on, Mom, give me a push.” I talked to her on the road and she helped me all the way to the end. ”
Paul Alderton, 48, an accountant from Bury St Edmunds, ran to his father, who died two years ago after suffering multiple sclerosis. Alderton, who has run marathons in Berlin and Paris, said: “You see the back of the shirts all these other runners and see all the other runners who have lost people and bring it home to which it was originally derogatory of. Charity aspect of it, but it is part of the charm of London. ”
The London Marathon attracts competitors from all over the world and ranks second in the big race of the North in terms of number of participants.
Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya won the men’s race in two hours four minutes and 39 seconds, beating the record of the event, while compatriot Mary Keitany won the women’s race in 2:19.17. Britain’s David Weir was first in the wheelchair race. More than 36,500 runners are expected to complete the course.
Among the garments of unusual shape, a “real family” that ran in full wedding gowns and masks of Will and Kate, someone dressed as Brian, the snail Magic Roundabout, and 10 runners in costumes giant rhino polypropylene, to Save The Rhino released during the wildlife charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
A spokesman for Guinness World Records said 4pm. 156 riders have confirmed 28 cases tried 50 categories, ranging from “the fastest man juggling a ball on the fast marching band.”
Along the route, many supporters among the crowd of five of depth might have gone through the professional motivation. People at high banner with messages such, as “corridors Sandhurst, Do not Stop Everbody’s Watching” and shouted the names of the souls flag had never met, but were written for all to see in the hearts of runners
In the last mark of 800 meters, with Buckingham Palace in sight, massive gay were reserved for those who stopped, then picked up his aching legs once more toward the goal.
Those who had competed in marathons in other cities spoke of an environment – noise, music and crowds – who said he made the London event feel special.
Duncan Oakes, 46, a builder of St Austell, Cornwall, completed his seventh marathon in 2 hours and 45 minutes. He said the sound of supporters, especially in the Tower Bridge, “makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.” Under bridges on the route that wound it’s way westward along the River Thames Sat groups of drummers, the sound echoing throughout the streets.
While the largest age group was men in there 30, had octogenarians and teenagers, too. The oldest runner was Paul Freedman came from Hornchurch, Essex, who turned 87 on Sunday, and the oldest women’s Iva Barr, 83. The youngest was Michael Bennett and Helen Nutter, both celebrating their 18th birthday on race day.
The second largest group was men aged 40, who present the highest risk of burnout, as the medical director Virgin London Marathon, Professor Sanjay Sharma. Speaking last week, the cardiologist said that the most likely to have problems were men over age 40 who have run two or three marathons. “It tends to be high performance men who have a day job, but they are good runners -. The men probably” mid-life crisis “who want to prove to themselves that they are still young”
Dave Watchman, 40, of Redcar, North Yorkshire, who cheerfully admitted to being a “typical case”, said he had made a number of things to celebrate his last birthday, besides being at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, but ” this was better than any of them. ”
Vigilante, manager of franchise beat his personal best 3.45.51, said: “The heat was incredible, but it’s like a giant street party in motion with different peoples, and Rotherhithe and Greenwich have different personalities sounds gross but I really feel.’re going through towns and cities and all the people are coming out. “You spend your life watching the action, but the London Marathon is one of the times you can be part of the action.”
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