This morning I took the chance to nip down to near Tower Bridge to watch a bit of the London Marathon. I nipped into Tooley Street, which is a linking road to the Tower Bridge Road which is on the race route & obviously popular from a tourist & a spectator perspective.
Having passed through several Police Traffic diversions I reached the Tower Bridge area to be met by a pretty large Crowd around the Tooley Street / Tower Bridge Junction.
After noticing the crowd, the first thing I notice was the fact that only racers going passed were the wheel chair athletes. And they were going at a fair pelt. In approximately my first fifteen minutes at the route side, possibly half a dozen went passed in various looking conditions of control.
It was shortly after this that I noticed I was near the 12 mile marker so obviously not every athlete that I was about to see was going to sprint by in the best looking of form!! There was however some support near by with several tables laden with water for the runners to take on board much needed H2O!!
As I settled in to watch the racing going on, I was made aware of an overhanging helicopter which gave me the impression that the leaders were near by, though I was suspecting that they’d have been long past me by this point. However, shortly later, along came a time truck, two motorcycles and a group of male athletes who were coming up to the 12 mile marker as though they were hardly breaking a sweat!!
I spent the next 30 minutes by the route side cheering on runners as they sped by at decreasing speeds, but increasing numbers. There were some odd looking gaits, but to be fair, they were all doing something that I probably will never achieve – completing a marathon. And for that, fair play to them all, well done on the funds many of them raised for good causes & charities and I hope the rest up over the next few days treats them all well.