On a cold and damp morning on the Isle of Dogs, there was still plenty of expectation as people awaited the arrival of the 2015 London Marathon. One of the benefits of watching the race on the Island is that you can watch the runners go down Westferry Road and watch them return on Marsh Wall before they go into Canary Wharf.
In the women’s race, the favourite, American Tatyana McFadden was already well in the lead as she reached the 18 mile post.
Next to arrive were the IPC World Championships which featured contests for visually impaired athletes and single leg amputees.
All the main competitors were at the front when the elite women arrived, Edna and Florence Kiplagat, Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo are the top four women marathon runners in the world and were expected to contest the finish.
In an equally strong field for the men’s elite field In the men’s race, Reigning champion Wilson Kipsang, world record holder Dennis Kimetto was joined at the front by Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott.
It is estimated that record numbers are expected to run the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April, after more than 38,000 registered for the race.The previous record was set in 2012 when 37,227 started and 36,705 finished the race.
But what makes the London Marathon unique is the thousands of club athletes, fun runners, celebrities, and fancy dress costume wearers.
Millions of pounds are raised by these people who chase their own personal targets, whether measured in pounds raised, or hours, minutes and seconds on the clock.
Each has their own story to tell of what has inspired them to undertake the gruelling 26.2 miles marathon, one example is Maame Baryeh who is running for the London Community Foundation who are trying to make a difference to the lives of Londoners by connecting people who need help with those who are willing to give, if you like to donate to this particular London cause, here is the link here .
Congratulations to all those who took part and all the volunteers who make the London Marathon, the special event it is.