London Marathon runner helps struggling rival to finish

London Marathon runner helps struggling rival to finish

A runner has been praised for epitomising the sprit of the London Marathon by helping a fellow competitor over the line.

Swansea Harrier, Matthew Rees, took hold of David Wyeth, of Chorlton Runners, Manchester, about 135 metres (150 yards) from the finish and guided him up The Mall.

The pair were cheered home by Princes William and Harry and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Former marathon winner and BBC commentator Tanni Grey Thompson tweeted: “Matthew Rees refuses to give up helping David Wyeth across the line. Wow.”

London Marathon tweeted: “Matthew Rees, you’ve just encompassed everything that’s so special about the #LondonMarathon. We salute you.”

2017 London Marathon: Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru wins the men’s race

2017 London Marathon: Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru wins the men's race

Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru has just won the 2017 London Marathon.  Wanjiru won the race in 2 hours, 05 minutes and 49 seconds, beating pre-race favourite Bekele to second place as Kenya’s Bedan Karoki, who was making his marathon debut, settled in third place.

It’s Wanjiru’s first major victory since he won Amsterdam marathon last year.