Yes, he did it, and we are all very proud. Tony Hopkins completed the hottest London Marathon on record with a respectable time and collected over £3000 for Rural Care. Both achievements are very impressive. Thank you, Tony!
In Tony’s Words
I ran my fourth London Marathon on the 22 April, although the last one was 5 years ago!! I have been training throughout the winter and three weeks ago we even had snow, and yet it was predicted to be a hot one. As the big weekend approached, it look at if it was cooling down for the Marathon. However, in the morning the sun was out, with not a sign of any clouds, and it reached 24.2° C—the hottest London Marathon on record.
We were warned not to try beat any PB (personal best times) and take plenty of water. There was extra showers put around the course and we were told to revaluate our race.
The race was started by the Queen and soon we were on our way. Immediately there were people looking hot and complaining about the weather. The sun brought the crowds out and I had the most amazing time being cheered on by the thousands of people lining the streets from mile one to the end.
I was feeling strong and took the advice of water and didn’t even look at my time, however I was surprised I completed half by 2 hours 11 minutes. By the 18th mile there seemed to be people falling all over the place. I witnessed 4 people lying on the ground with medical staff around them with oxygen which is scary to see, and then people being sick and people stopping as you were trying to run. This immediately had a negative effect on my mind set and although I was trying to stop those thoughts, I found myself starting to walk at this point. The crowds were fantastic and I managed to see many of my family and friends around the course which got me over the finishing line in under 5 hours. Although I was, admittedly, a little disappointed with the time, I was proud of myself completing it and reflected on the money I had raised for Rural Care and how I felt so much in a better in myself physically and mentally.