Life on the road – London Marathon 2013

To my shame, in 20 years of living in London I have never been to watch the London Marathon. It involves getting up early on a Sunday morning for goodness sake! But, after the events at the Boston Marathon, I thought it was time I gave London my support.

Not being a huge fan of crowds, I and a friend headed down to Rotherhithe – not a great tourist spot – so we were guaranteed a good view, and also mercifully close to an easy-to-reach tube station – Canada Water.

Our enthusiasm knew no bounds. We cheered everyone – including the pace setters – shouted out the names on the front of runners’ shirts until we were nearly hoarse and clapped till our hands hurt.

But we had not come to see the pace setters and the man in a gorilla costume or even Neil, Nick, Paul, Peter, Emmy, Jenny, Sally, Sanj, Tom or Tim… we wanted to see the stars of last year’s Olympics and we were not disappointed.

Wheelchair racer, David Weir, at the London Marthon 2013
David “The Weirwolf” Weir


The elite women runners at the London Marathon 2013
The elite women runners pass the 11 mile mark


Paralympian Richard Whitehead gets a cheer at the London Marathon 2013
Paralympian, Richard Whitehead, gets a cheer.


But the biggest draw of all was Mo Farah. Oh the excitement!

Mo Farah at the London Marathon 2013
Here he comes – Mo Farah!


Mo Farah at the London Marathon 2013
There he goes – Mo Farah!


But for me, while seeing the big names at an event is great fun, it is the spectators, marshalls, police and support staff who make it a great day out.

Woman with snare drum and whistle
Drumming up support


Two security men in black push their feet against a kerb surrounding a grass area
Testing the kerb


People at a bus stop, drinking tea and smoking
Having a cup of tea and a fag while waiting for the elite athletes

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