Thirty-two crime-fighting â€˜superheroesâ€™ representing Crimestoppers joined 36,000 runners at this yearâ€™s London Marathon on what was arguably one of the hottest days of the year so far.
While Mo Farah completed his first marathon in little over two hours, a rainbow consisting of thousands upon thousands of runners was behind him as runners pounded the 26.2 miles of Londonâ€™s roads taking in some of the cityâ€™s most picturesque landmarks, with enthusiastic supporters lining the streets to cheer them all the way to the finish line.Â Crimestoppers was delighted to have 32 brave and determined individuals running for the charity, representing law enforcement, partners and supporters of the organisation.
Hugh Gilmour, running for one of Crimestoppersâ€™ partners, G4S, completed the event in just over five hours.Â He said: â€œOverall I enjoyed it, but it was quite sunny and a little bit hot, but the crowd certainly helped me get through the last few miles.The last time I did a marathon was 13 years ago, so itâ€™s a lot different when youâ€™re older as youâ€™re bodyÂ doesnâ€™tÂ cope quite as well, but it was a great experience.â€
Andrew Murphy and Abi Brookes, from St Albans, were running their first marathon, finishing in five hours 18 minutes and four hours 13 minutes respectively.Â Andrew said: â€œThe first eight miles was a breeze, and then at 16 miles I started to struggle, but the crowd were brilliant and pushed me through.Â You hear about the atmosphere, but until youâ€™re in it, you cannot appreciate how amazing it really is.â€Â
Abi added: â€œIt was amazing, just brilliant!Â At 21 miles I was struggling, but the crowd were giving out sweets and offering lots of encouragement, so I sprinted the last few miles and came through it OK.â€
With all 32 runners crossing the finish line, Events Coordinator for Crimestoppers, Lucy Williams, was naturally delighted.Â â€œWe are incredibly proud of all our runners and they have done so well to get around the course in pretty difficult conditions.Â Runners make a huge sacrifice to participate in the marathon, with the training and fundraising that comes as part of being involved, so I would like to thank them all personally and on behalf of the charity â€“ you are all superheroes to us.â€
The ballot for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon will open at midnight on 22nd April 2014. Last year it closed after 11 hours due to the sheer number of applications received. The results of the ballot are sent out in October. If you miss out on the London Marathon ballot, or just want to increase your chances of securing a place, why not apply for one of Crimestoppersâ€™ Golden Bond places.
Contact [email protected] if you are interested in being involved in 2015!