8 Incredible People Who Just Ran the London Marathon 2018
We’re not crying. It’s the high pollen count.
This weekend, more than 40,000 runners joined together for the London Marathon 2018.
It was officially the hottest on record, with temperatures getting up to 24.1C in St James’ Park, according to the Met Office. But, despite the soaring heat, it was a beautiful, heart-felt celebration of a day.
Cheering from the sidelines, it seemed like everyone had their own amazing reason for running — whether it was in memory of a loved one, or to raise money for a charity, or just to prove to themselves they really can run 26.2 miles.
We can’t namedrop everyone, but here are a few of the runners who have reminded us how brave and tough people can be.
1. Zach Washington-Young
In 2012, Zach Washington-Young was in a coach crash when travelling back from Bestival in the Isle of Wight. He was paralysed from the waist down after being thrown through the windscreen in the crash, in which two of his friends were killed.
Despite being told he would never walk again, Zach just became the first person ever to compete in the London marathon after suffering a total spinal cord break.
2. Kathrine Switzer
Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, when women weren't allowed to compete in marathons.
Many of you will know this photo: officials trying to stop Kathrine Switzer running the Boston Marathon in 1967 because, y'know, women can't run marathons... Well, she ran the London Marathon today, aged 71, and with the same bib number, 261. HUGE respect, @KVSwitzer! pic.twitter.com/2ZRH7VKwrj— Katy Cooper (@healthkaty) April 22, 2018
She entered the race using just her initials, and an official tried to remove her from the course during the race. An iconic photo shows the official being pushed aside, leaving Switzer free to finish the race.
She wore the same number on Sunday, bib number 261, as she did during the Boston marathon.
3. These firefighters
It was quite a journey to get to this point - hours of gruelling training, fundraising, a 7 hour marathon, but then ... THE FINISH LINE! All worth it to raise money for #Grenfell community & @firefighters999#londonmarathonhttps://t.co/ecYwBcw9tvpic.twitter.com/lkfFXfr0dA— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 23, 2018
Two teams of London firefighters ran the marathon on Sunday, raising money to support those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
The North Kensington red watch was the first crew on the scene of the fire in June 2017, and those running on Sunday were raising money for children who survived the fire, to help them access counselling and other support services.
The money will go to Kids on the Green, which is a volunteer organisation set up after the fire to support children impacted by the fire. They’ve raised nearly £50,000 already.
Spirit of London right here: 2 incredible crews of firefighters. Both attended #Grenfell & together have raised over £121K for Grenfell community & @firefighters999https://t.co/ecYwBcw9tv#spiritofLondon#LondonMarathon#Londonpic.twitter.com/p7SjVJw6wL— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 22, 2018
The Paddington red watch, which also fought the the fire at Grenfell Tower, has raised nearly £100,000 to help those affected, including families and firefighters.
4. Mo Farah
The four-time Olympic champion showed us exactly how it should be done, crossing the marathon finishing line in just two hours, six minutes, and 21 seconds to come in third place.
And be beat a 33-year-old British record in the process, previously set by Welsh athlete and former world marathon record holder Steve Jones.
5. Maddy Warren
Not only is she the first woman on dialysis to complete the #LondonMarathon@LondonMarathon but she looks like she's just out for a stroll! @queenofdialysis you are, quite frankly, superhuman! We salute you. #kidneylessmarathon#TeamKidneyCareUK#KidneyWarriorpic.twitter.com/sfyLb3A00M— Kidney Care UK (@kidneycareuk) April 22, 2018
Warren, from south London, just became the first woman on dialysis to complete the London Marathon in an extraordinary effort.
She developed the autoimmune disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) when she was just 13, which caused her kidneys to fail, according to the Leamington Courier. Now 34, she now has to spend seven hours a day on dialysis. But that didn’t stop her.
6. Nick Butter
An emotional moment for @nickbutterrun and Kevin Webber at the #LondonMarathon.— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) April 22, 2018
Nick was inspired to run the world for Kev who has terminal prostate cancer.
Keep going Nick! You’re a legend 💪 pic.twitter.com/98T7JIGM51
For this endurance athlete from Bristol, the London marathon was just one stop on a global tour. That’s because Butter is on a mission to run a marathon in every country in the world in 550 days.
The London marathon was the first time he’s been back in the UK since launching his effort on Jan. 6. And he hopes to raise £250,000 for research into prostate cancer.
7. Katie Price
Model-turned-TV personality Katie Price had to drop out of the marathon less than halfway through — but has already managed to raise over £2,000 for the British Lung Foundation.
Her mother Amy has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and Price tried to walk the 26.2 miles while dressed up a giant pair of lungs.
While she didn’t make it to the finish line, her costume did thanks to this police officer.
@kate_merrifield— Merrifield BLF Fundraising (@MerrifieldBLF) April 22, 2018
Katie Price sadly had to drop out of marathon, this lovely policeman cycled the lung costume to the finish line! Well done all runners and a big shout out for those running for British Lung Foundation. pic.twitter.com/yrvzSwI2HH
8. Joanne Kelly
Kelly was told 10 years ago that she had just six months to live, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 22.
But this weekend, on her 33rd birthday, she ran the marathon in an amazing display of fortitude. Kelly ran to raise money for Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity that saved her life when they were able to find her a donor for a stem cell transplant.
This girl☝️overcame cancer 💪, survived a transplant 💚, & ran the @LondonMarathon to celebrate her birthday🏃♀️ (6 years after I was meant to have 6 months!). What an honour to be able to do this for @AnthonyNolan who found me a stem cell matchhttps://t.co/vcSdXUCi7t— Jo Kelly (@jokelele) April 23, 2018
She has already raised nearly £6,000 for the charity, at her JustGiving page.
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