The Virgin Money London Marathon was one for the record books as more runners poured across the finish line than ever before. This included the highest number of women finishing the race in the 39 -year-history of the event.
The 26.2 mile course was marked with many moving moments and was a poignant reminder of our potential as humans when we work toward a common goal. 38 Guinness World Records were broken and this year marked the £1 billion of funds raised for charity.
A sea of people from all over the world and from all walks of life striding, stumbling, limping and crawling across the finish line, often arm-in-arm. Dementia Revolution was the official Charity of the Year for the 2019 event and has raised over £3m and counting.
Over £133,000 of this figure was raised by Dame Barbara Windsor’s ‘Revolutionaries’ team, which included Virgin Radio host Chris Evans.
When it came to the elite races, Eliud Kipchoge came in first for the men’s and ran the second fastest marathon in history.
“The crowd in London is wonderful, in the last kilometre when everyone is shouting it’s just amazing, it made me so happy to cross the line.
“It’s a surprise when everybody tells me I’ve made history, but I’m just pleased to be part of the £1 billion for charity event,” said Kipchoge.
Brigid Kosgei was first across the line for the women’s race and became the youngest female to ever win the race.
One of the most powerful moments was when six-time Paralympic champion, David Weir, completed his 20th successive London Marathon - a true testament to our human potential.
The costume department did not disappoint this year either. The highlight of the day was when a runner dressed as Big Ben made it through the entire race before getting caught on the finish-line and having to bend and limbo his way across it.
From some of the world’s greatest athletes to 85 year-old Ken Jones who has run every London Marathon since the inaugural race in 1981, the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon was a day many of us will be unlikely to forget. Richard Branson headed to the marathon in the afternoon, and greeted some heroic runners at the finish line.