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London Marathon runner helps exhausted competitor cross the finish line

London Marathon runner helps exhausted competitor cross the finish line

This year’s London Marathon saw a record number of runners take to the streets. Organisers said 40,382 people were on the demanding 26.2-mile run which is 1,242 more than last year's record high!

Among the runners was 47-year-old Gary McKee who completed a whopping 100 marathon’s in 100 days in support of Macmillan Cancer support. This year’s marathon also saw the emergence of a young British runner, Josh Griffiths. The 23-year-old Welshman was the fastest British finisher in 2hr 14min 49sec with his run earning him place at 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. Griffith’s is currently studying for a master’s degree at university, alongside his studying he trains without a coach and even created his own mileage plans for the marathon!

There was an inspirational end to the London marathon yesterday as Swansea Harriers runner Matthew Rees, stopped 300m short of the finishing line to help a struggling fellow racer. Instead of continuing with his own run, Rees helped his fellow racer to his feet and guided him to the finish line.

The pair finished in 2hr 52min 26 sec which left Rees losing a number of places in the race running order to come 986 in the men's overall. This was not a thought for the Swansea Harriers runner Matthew Rees as he told David Wyeth : "We'll cross the line together."
Crowds included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry who applauded as both Rees and Wyeth finally crossed the line. The royal trio, who champion the race's official charity Head Together, also cheered runners along at different points of the route to spur them on.

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