The biggest marathon tournament of the year has 42,000 runners, with a lot of special characters, including the five runner-ups that the BBC considers the greatest inspiration.
Run for charity: Police Leon McLeod
McLeod was one of the first three officers to be present at the terrorist attack at London Bridge on June 3, 2017. The incident caused five deaths including three people walking on the bridge, a police officer and the attacker himself. The 31-year-old secret police officer from London will run a fundraiser for PTSD999, a charity that supports emergency relief workers from psychological trauma.
Energetic run: Charlotte Wong
Charlotte was found to have breast cancer two years ago and was discharged in November 2017. The 27-year-old from Manchester decided to attend the London Marathon this year, though she has never participated in any race longer than 10km.
“Luckily for me, the surgery has brought good results,” Charlotte continued. “I gained weight and started running again. I saw my cousin participating in the London Marathon lottery and I followed. I thought I would not be able to attend, but the opportunity came to me.”
Passing through the death scythe, but it is not easy for Charlotte Wong to regain her normal body. “Training for the tournament is not that simple,” she said. “At first, I struggled with the pain but still had to strengthen my body. But I was determined and had to overcome difficulties. From just running for a mile, I now ran over 20 miles continuously and available. Ready for London Marathon “.
Legs running blinds: Dave Heely
As a child, Heely was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. In recent years, a 61-year-old man from West Brom has lost his eyesight. But that can’t stop him from pursuing his passion for jogging and fundraising. In 2016, he completed seven marathon racing across seven different continents.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re disabled or not, jogging is a way to improve your morale and get you out of personal problems,” Heely said. “It’s a great subject for your inner self.”
Unable to see, Dave Heely needed a jog to guide. His companion for many years was Tony, who always knocked on Dave’s door every six in the morning to join him on a 10-mile journey every day.
The famous pair of legs: Aimee Fuller and mother
UK ski team member Aimee Fuller will join her mother for the first time in a marathon together. Aimee only attended a marathon before, in Korea this month.
“I’m excited to go through this journey with my mother,” Aimee said. “I have successfully persuaded my mother to attend this competition.”
This skier tells more about how she and her mother train, preparing for London Marathon: “We all know how to exercise well for health and spirit. My mother is a testament. She runs very well. “We have a lot of things and motivates me. We test who runs more every week. The problem is not a bad time. It’s important that we do something useful together.”
Aimee Fuller is one of many celebrities who attended the London Marathon this year. Andy Murray will run for the tournament with the participation of host Chris Evans, model Nell McAndrew, former Amelie Mauresmo player and many other stars.
Kevin Quinn, running away without giving up
After the London Marathon 2015, Kevin Quinn began to feel pain in his chest. The 39-year-old man went to see the doctor and found that he had four holes in his heart. Quinn had to operate three holes and reduce the size of the main hole.
Quinn stopped running for the first 10 weeks after surgery. He started running again under the strict management of the coach and the doctor. During the first replay, Quinn felt uneasy. The doctor concluded that his heart had not rested long enough to recover. Quinn spent another six weeks before returning to normal practice. He will first return to London Marathon after four years.
“This will be my fifth marathon and I hope to pass my personal record – 2 hours 24 minutes 11 seconds,” Kevin said excitedly.