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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 1 of 6

LEADERS
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?

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 May 2010, 00:17
Ran a few...never saw any "officials"...in my own semicomatose world for about 3 hours each time...its a most unusual experience.

Wonderful image, SAVO, and your anecdote is excellent.
SAVO: hahaha, most people are semi comatose anyway :p
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 May 2010, 06:00
Nice shot SAVO: the body language of the runners says it all!
SAVO: I totally agree smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 May 2010, 06:29
Running when you can ride? These people are out of their minds - I think smile

I like that story of the guy that opted to walk the last 5 miles. At least he did need attention before he could continue.
SAVO: Hahaha totally out of their minds grin
A nice picture of sport and this type of photo is not easy to take. A+ VAL
SAVO: High praise Val. Cheers
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2010, 06:36
He was a very lucky man to have had your wisdom and medical expertise, SAVO. Otherwise, it's possible he never would have WALKED across that line, let alone run!

Against all odds, I have given up a life in my own country for a life in another...and it has been worth every minute of it! And I'm still walking. smile
SAVO: Truly touching YOUR story smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 07:01
wonderful story Savo
SAVO: Thank you Tony
A beautiful story Savo. A fine capture too!
SAVO: Thank you Richard
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 10:39
Good photo the human spirit is a live and well
SAVO: True words Vintage
Looks like you got a ringside seat, so to speak...
SAVO: haha in a way, very true smile
Great picture and what a brave story you are able to tell Savo.
SAVO: Cheers Brian
Good for you Savo..I bet there were a few that needed asistance along the way..Great shot BTW.
SAVO: Just about a thousand, lol. but to be fair most were minor injuries that did not require hospitalisation smile
good on you Savo but i think i will leave marathon's well alone, but i might be prepared to crawl to the local if needed lol, super shot btwsmile
SAVO: The local is always a good idea wink
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2010, 19:29
I always have great admiration for who do run ad finish, it is not important in what time...just cross the finish and that is a victory itself!!
wonderful picture.
SAVO: You are very right Astrid
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2010, 12:51
I take my hat off here to the girl in the middle; leg missing below the knee! wink Well done for all tghose people running and for the people like you who keep them running!
SAVO: Lol! she is a real trooper :p

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