Run London Run 1 of 6
I was medic-ing at the last London marathon and I will be posting a few images that I managed to take.
Many people run the marathon for different reasons; competitively as part of their jobs as athletes, in memory of loved ones, to raise funds for a charity, to keep fit!, or just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason, what's common to all is that it is 26 miles of pure unadulterated endurance and getting to the finish line is all that is on their minds.
I was working at Mile 21, and my team and I had raced onto the track to pick up a chap who had collapsed with exhaustion. His running mate was egging him on, but he was totally shattered! I did the thumbs down sign to my team which meant I was recommending he stopped for health reasons and we transferred him to the ambulance for treatment.
This guy was absolutely gutted; he was running for a loved one,had raised all this money from various sponsors and there was all his family at the finish line waiting to see him etc; but I had to stick to my professional medical opinion.
Cue an hour later after re-hydration and physio, he called for me to the ambulance, asked to sign the indemnity documents and opted to WALK the remaining five miles!
As I watched him hobbling back on to the track, I had a wry smile and muttered under my breath....''come on mate you can do it''. I am told he crossed the finish line a few hours later :)
What would you be prepared to do against all odds?
Run London Run 2...