The final Virgin Money London Marathon press conference today saw this years winners join Hugh Brasher (Race Director) on stage to talk about yesterdays event. Hugh started the conference by saying;
This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon was the greatest marathon ever with nearly forty thousand participants. It’s not just the athletes that made the event but also the supporters, the stories of camaraderie and the over all feeling. I feel very proud.
Mary Keitany, who won the 2017 London Marathon in 2 hours 17 minutes, echoed Hugh’s statement by thanking everyone involved and including the city of London who had made her feel so welcome. Mary smashed the World All Women’s Marathon record, previously held by Paula Radcliffe. Mary has a few stops in Europe before heading home when she is looking forward to celebrating with friends and family before thinking about her next run.
Daniel Wanjiru won the 2017 London Marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes (9 seconds ahead of second place Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia). Daniel spoke about not only his physical preparation but also the mental preparation which came into play during the the early stages of the race;
I heard the crowd cheering for me then quickly I heard the cheers again from behind so I knew someone was coming, I had to challenge myself to increase my pace to remain ahead.
David Weir won his record 7th London Marathon in a time of 1 hour 31 seconds (1 second ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug).
I knew from an early age I was interested in sport, I came from a sporting family. I decided to concentrate on wheelchair racing, it gave me the buzz I was looking for.
Weir also mentioned that the winners of this year’s London marathon Elite races would each be given a £10,000 donation to the charity of their choice – Weir chose the Weir Archer Academy to receive his donation.
The winners of this years London Marathon ended the conference discussing the importance of sport for children and sport education in all schools. The winners all agreed that sport is not only beneficial in a physical sense but also for mental health, which has been the focus for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon through Heads Together.