A record-breaking field of over 40,000 runners ran the 2017 London Marathon yesterday, during near perfect weather conditions.
In the women’s race, Kenya’s Mary Keitany, 35, scooped up first position and her third London title in a record-breaking time of 2:17:01. While Paula Radcliffe still holds the mixed-race world record, set in 2003, Keitany now holds the women-only record.
Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, took the men’s title and his first major win in a finish time of 2:05:56.
Alyson Dixon, 38, who represented team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was the first British woman under the gantry with a new PB of 2:29:06, earning herself a place on the British team at this summer’s World Championships. Also on the team will be Josh Griffiths of Swansea Harriers, who made headlines yesterday after crossing the finish line as the first British male – and non-elite runner taking part in his first ever marathon.
Switzerland’s Manuela Schär, 32, took the title in the women’s wheelchair race in a course record of 1:39:57, and Great Britain’s David Weir won the men’s race, taking home his seventh London Marathon title.
Many donned blue headbands to support the 2017 Official Charity, Heads Together – a campaigned spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health. The royal trio started the race, encouraged competitors with high fives and handed out medals at the finish line.
As ever, the field encompassed inspiring runners of all ages, abilities and walks of life, with many sporting charity vests – and jaw-dropping costumes – to raise thousands for charities close to their hearts.
Bronte Randle-Bissell was the youngest competitor, aged only 18 and three days, who ran for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation in memory of her friend Leanne Goodlad, who died two years ago of cancer.
The oldest runner was Kenneth Jones, aged 83, who has ran every single London Marathon since the first one in 1981.
This 37th race was the most record-breaking London Marathon in history, with one runner earning two new world records, one breaking a course record, one winner taking home their seventh London Marathon win and 39 breaking Guinness World Records.
But it was more than a special day for some. John Higgins, 44, made this a marathon to remember when he stopped at mile 24 to propose to his girlfriend Amy who, absolutely stunned and delighted, said yes!
Love was also in the air for Jackie Scully and Duncan Sloane, who tied the knot at Greenwich’s Cutty Sark before running the marathon. Jackie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and has found running to be invaluable in helping her to stay positive and mentally strong throughout her diagnosis and treatment, has raised nearly £20,000 in sponsorship for The Willow Foundation and Breast Cancer Care.
It was an emotional day, too, for our Big Marathon Challenge runners. Leah McDaniel, who had been battling an excruciating back injury, finished her first marathon in 06:49:19, supported by her twin sister.
Katie Hainbach, 29, also completed her first marathon. She came home in just under her goal time, with a finish of 4:53:46 but still loved the experience – and smashed her fundraising target, raising an incredible £3,124 for the Stroke Association.
Alice Doggrell, 37, who had set a target time of 3:30, managed to finish in an amazing 3:31:19, and Claire Price, 55, who had run the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon just three weeks before, crossed the line in an impressive 04:28:27.