Yesterday’s Virgin Money London Marathon was incredible, with tens of thousands of runners from around the world competing. Here are some quick highlights.

1. Men’s Winner

Image via Somos Runners,

Daniel Wanjiru, 24, claimed the gold, with a blistering 2:05:48. Second and third place went to Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:57) and Bedan Karoki (2:07:41).

2. Women’s Winner

Image via Somos Runners

Mary Keitany, 35, set a record for the fastest time ever clocked by a woman(in a women-only race), at a searing 2:17:01, besting Paula Radcliffe’s time by 41 seconds. Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56) and Aselefech Mergia (2:23:08) came in second and third place, respectively.

3. Not so Swooshy?

Image via Sports Illustrated

Much has been made of Nike’s Vapor Elite shoes, including the fact that they may provide an unfair advantage to runners. In yesterday’s race, however, they were more asset than liability. Second-place finisher Kenenisa Bekele, who wore the elite shoes, observed after the race that he “felt some hamstring problem and I couldn’t respond well. That is why I slowed down. The shoes were blistering me, they were not comfortable.”

4. Comrades in Arms


The BBC has the touching story of one runner, Matthew Rees, who, just 150 meters from the finish line, gave up his potential for a faster time to assist another runner, David Wyeth, in crossing the finish line.

5. A Breakout Brit

Image via The Guardian

The Guardian has the story of UK upstart Josh Griffiths, 23, who finished in 2:14:49 — the quickest time for a UK runner.

Related Posts

UK Steal of the Day: Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watc... Update: Dead! On our daily traverse across the internet, we noticed that the Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate has...
Here’s An Easy Way to Organize Your Running Gear a... If you’re like, well, anyone, you’re probably working to find a balance between, work, home life, and exercise. And while some of us can wake up at 4:...
Talking Morning Routines, Tech, and Costco with Ul...   Chris Mocko is an accomplished marathoner, and a veteran of payments startup Square who quit his job to pursue ultra-running. He won the 201...
Apple Watch Series 3 for Runners: Quick Takeaways As you may have read, Apple just announced the new Apple Watch Series 3. It looks nearly identical to its predecessors, save for the red crown that in...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *