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London Marathon Runners Break 44 Records - As Host Of Famous Faces Complete Course

Monday, 22 April 2024 06:28

By (C) Sky News: Rachel McGrath, news reporter

Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir crosses the finish line to win the women's elite race. Pic: Reuters

The London Marathon saw 44 world records broken in an eclectic range of categories – from the fastest ever finish for a female runner to the quickest time for a person dressed as a tap.

Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir finished the elite women's race in two hours, 16 minutes and 16 seconds, beating the previous record of two hours, 17 minutes and one second.

And when it was time for amateur runners to pound the 26.2-mile course around the capital, plenty of runners in eye-catching outfits set records of their own too.

Alexander Mutiso Munyao and Peres Jepchirchir with their trophies and medals on the podium after winning the men's and women's elite races during the TCS London Marathon. Pic: PA

Image:Elite race winners Alexander Mutiso Munyao and Peres Jepchirchir with their trophies and medals. Pic: PA 

Marcus Mumford - a 45-year-old from Worcester, who is not to be confused with the singer - ran the fastest marathon for a person dressed as a tap.

Sam Hull, 44, from Bromham, Bedfordshire, ran in memory of his late father and raised funds for charity Sue Ryder in recognition of the support his family received - all while dressed as a tennis player.

Marcus Mumford, 45, after finishing the TCS London Marathon, dressed as a tap. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Marcus Mumford ran the marathon in three hours, 10 minutes and 50 seconds. Pic: PA 

Sam Hull, 44, after finishing the TCS London Marathon, dressed as a tennis player. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Sam Hull ran the marathon dressed as a tennis player. Pic: PA

And Lee Baynton, 39, from Essex, clocked the fastest-ever time for someone in an inflatable costume.

Some runners set records without costumes, including Anthony Bryan, 34, from north London, who achieved the fastest finishing time for a person by a man paralysed down one side of the body.

Lee Baynton, 39, after finishing the TCS London Marathon, dressed in an inflatable costume. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Lee Baynton made his way around the route in just three hours, 21 minutes and seven seconds. Pic: PA

Stroke survivor Anthony Bryan, 34, from north London after he finished the TCS London Marathon. Pic: PA

Image:Stroke survivor Anthony Bryan was among the record breakers presented with a certificate after the race. Pic: PA 

Mr Bryan broke the record by just one minute and said after finishing the race:

"It was tough. We got to 20 miles and I got really bad cramp in my leg and thought I wasn't going to finish it.

"My guide runner said Ant, 'we're not going to make it, you need to sprint'."

The record breakers were joined on the course by a number of politicians and famous faces.

Matt Hancock MP reacts after finishing the London Marathon. Pic: Reuters

Image:Matt Hancock MP reacts after finishing the London Marathon. Pic: Reuters

Harry Judd after finishing the the TCS London Marathon. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA Wire

Image:McFly star Harry Judd celebrating after crossing the finish line. Pic: PA Wire 

Jeremy Hunt after finishing the TCS London Marathon. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Jeremy Hunt clutching his medal in the celebration area. Pic: PA 

They included Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, former health secretary Matt Hancock - who winced in pain after crossing the finish line - and McFly drummer Harry Judd.

TV presenter Joel Dommett was among those who sported costumes, as he wore the Piranha costume sported by McFly's Danny Jones in series one of The Masked Singer UK.

Joel Dommett after finishing the  TCS London Marathon. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Joel Dommett ran the route in a costume designed for his show, The Masked Singer UK. Pic: PA

Britain's Emile Cairess (left) and Mahamed Mahamed (right) finished third and fourth respectively in the men's elite race at the 2024 London Marathon. Pic: Reuters

Image:Britain's Emile Cairess (left) and Mahamed Mahamed (right) finished third and fourth respectively in the men's elite race at the 2024 London Marathon. Pic: Reuters

Russ "Hardest Geezer" Cook, who finished running the entire length of Africa on 7 April, put his running shoes back on to hit the streets.

He raised funds for the Running Charity and also helped pace some of the young people taking on the challenge.

'Hardest Geezer' Russ Cook leaves the start of the TCS London Marathon. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2024. Pic: PA

Image:Russ Cook finished his huge Africa run just weeks ago. Pic: PA 

In total, more than 50,000 people ran the marathon course and the rain held off, with runners enjoying dry and bright conditions with highs of 12C.

In the elite men's race, Britons Emile Cairess and Mahamed Mahamed finished in third and fourth respectively.

https://news.sky.com/story/london-marathon-runners-break-44-records-as-host-of-famous-faces-complete-course-13120685

 

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