The London marathon is a test of endurance. Runners from all walks of life prepare for the intense event by holding their breath underwater, 6am runs in the bitter cold, tight hammies and salty sweat.
Sunday 24 April set a milestone for record turnout; with 40,000 strong all going shoulder-to-shoulder in a testing 26.2-mile hurdle. The event attracted a crowd like moths to a flame, and among those in attendance were three members of the Royal family; Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: William and Kate.
The Royals’ mental health initiative, Heads Together, was the official chosen charity for this year’s marathon and as with plenty of other occasions, they were a cut above the rest and were even given the honour of blasting the klaxon that kicked the event off. They could then be seen spurring the runners on at various intervals.
The epitome of elegance, a direct bloodline of a long-standing British Monarchy, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge somehow manage to steal the limelight, although the marathon seemed to dampen Kate’s spirits after a rather bold move by some of the runners.
While she and her chummy husband handed out water bottles to some of the runners, they were met with a rather unexpected token of gratitude as jets of water from the ends seeped all the way through Kate’s designer sportswear, while the Duke got a face full.
While William seemed to take the squirting in his stride, it was H2NO for Kate, who looked unimpressed in photographic stills of the epic moment.
According to the Independent, the Dutchless was "less than impressed" after being targetted.
It was all in good fun at the end of the day, with most of the runners high-fiving, hugging and taking selfies with the Royals, although whether or not the water incident was necessary is a question of personal taste.
All for a good cause
The pair still remain as charitable as ever, and Heads Together was proud to front the major event with a statement on their website stating: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health.
“Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.”
It might have been all fun and games, and selfies with the Royal family, for most participants, but leading the lines were a group of serious athletes that sought to break records.
Kenyan Mary Keitany did just that, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s women-only record after crossing the finishing line in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 1 second, which is the second-fastest time in history. Her compatriot, 24-year-old Daniel Wanjiru, meanwhile, won the men’s race after finishing in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 56 seconds, beating second place Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia by 9 seconds.
It was also a fairy tale ending for British Club runner Josh Griffiths, who beat his elite athlete compatriots to qualify for the World Championships in August, after completing the race in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 49 seconds.
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