Up And Running
Marathon runners are a caring bunch. Hot on the heels of a firefighter carrying a fellow runner over the finishing line of the Boston Marathon, the London Marathon had its very own Good Samaritan, a Mr Matthew Rees. With just 300 metres of the race to go, the Swansea Harriers runner stopped to help a Mr David Wyeth who, despite being so close, was struggling to make it to the finishing line. Mr Rees describes what happened “I came round the final corner and I saw a runner struggling, his legs were collapsing beneath him. Every time he tried to get up, he kept on falling back to the ground. I went over to him and said ‘come on, you can do this’ and tried to gee him up. But every time he tried to get up, I realised he wasn’t going to make it.” Without thinking about his own personal time or placing, Mr Rees then proceeded to help the Chorlton Runners athlete to his feet. The Swansea Harrier picks up the story “I said ‘come on – we can do this – we’ll do it together, we’ll cross the line together… So I put his arm around mine and we walked it to the line. The crowd were incredible, they were cheering us on.” It worked as the pair crossed the line in an incredible 2hr 52mins 26 sec and a very respectable 986th in the men’s overall race. A grateful Mr Wyeth said (after presumably catching his breath) “For someone just to stop their own race to help you, that’s such a decent thing that he did. I was urging him to move on, you know please don’t sacrifice your race for me. But he stuck with me and I think a volunteer also joined me on the other side. I got up, they helped me up, and I just tried to keep moving.” Race officials agreed after they tweeted “You’ve just encompassed everything that’s so special about the #London Marathon.” Mr Rees: The Marathon Samaritan.