What a difference a week makes. No umbrella this time, but sunscreen. The men’s marathon was in perfect weather to watch ( a little hot to run really…).
I struggled this morning to get up. 3 weeks of following first the torch relay then the Olympics are taking its toll. I was debating whether to even go and watch the men’s marathon live or stay in and watch on TV. But I knew I was going to go and watch it live. This was my last Olympic event to watch live (at least for 4 years…), so no question really.
I made it to the Embankment just in time. With a little maneuvering I managed to get to the front of the crowds and found myself right at the aid stations. Have you ever seen the aid stations of an elite-only marathon?
Well, this is what the Olympic marathon aid stations looks like.
Of course it goes all the way to the right as well. Oh and the stations are arranged in alphabetical order in case you wondered…
The pace car with all the reporters announced the arrival of the runners.
It’s quite a sight, right?
Again, the Olympic marathon route followed 2 loops of which the longer one was repeated 3 times. This was the order of runners with just 7 miles to go. The 3 runners made bronze, silver and gold – just in a different order than seen at this point in the race.
Stephen KIPROTICH from Uganda (who you see on the right won the marathon). The Kenyans, Abel KIRUI and Wilson Kipsang KIPROTICH, came in second and third.
And this is how a successful hand-over of a water bottle happens – at least with the South African team. Some other teams weren’t quite this successful.
After the lead runners passed me by a last time I made my way to Trafalgar Square to see if I can have a peek into the finish area on The Mall through Admiral’s Arch.
I didn’t see much and the elite runners were already through, but the flags looked nice.
I can’t believe that’s it for the Olympics. Luckily, I still have tons of photos to share over the next few days. And soon the Paralympics will start. I have quite a few tickets for the Paralympics and will be back in the Olympic Park a number of times.