Around 100 ‘very seriously ill’ runners taken to hospital after hottest London Marathon on record



The London Marathon’s medical chief today spoke of his team’s battle to treat “very seriously ill” runners who collapsed during the hottest race on record.

The event was held under cloudless skies with the temperature at St James’s Park reaching 24.1C, the highest since it was first run in 1981. 

About 100 runners were taken to hospital to be treated for serious heat-related conditions, far more than in previous years.

Medical director Professor Sanjay Sharma, told the Standard: “We worked very, very hard. I think we managed to contain some of it. We converted very seriously ill people into manageable people. We were able to deal with them on the kerbside.

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“Some of those with heat stroke were not well enough to be discharged straight away and had to be admitted to hospital, and probably got intravenous fluids. It was a busy day. It was the hottest marathon on record. We had plenty of ice to allow us to fix a lot of the heat stroke.”

Organisers faced criticism from runners after the water stations between miles eight and 10 ran out for around an hour, forcing some to dash into shops to buy bottles. 

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Tens of thousands of people took part in the unseasonably warm marathon

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Sir Mo Farah sits on the ground after coming third in the Elite Men’s race

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Katie Price ran the marathon dressed as a pair of lungs to show her support for the British Lung Foundation

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A runner uses a shower to cool off during the race

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A runner collapsed at the finish line after completing the grueling 26 mile race

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Amazing image shows marathon runners race across Tower Bridge

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Participants run across tower bridge as boat glides beneath them

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Man douses himself with water during the hottest marathon on record

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The Men’s Elite race kicked off at 10 am

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Flying high: This man set off on the race dressed as a butterfly

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Journalist Bryony Gordon and plus size model Jada Sezer run marathon in their underwear to promote body confidence

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Australia’s Madison de Rozario appears delighted to win the Women’s Wheelchair race

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David Weir (left) in action during the Men’s Wheelchair marathon as the sun hits Buckingham Palace

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Sir Mo Farah finishes third in the Men’s Marathon after a grueling race

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Britain’s David Weir, left, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s wheelchair race

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Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot (centre) celebrates winning the Women’s London Marathon alongside second placed Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei and third placed Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele

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Britain’s Lily Partridge crosses the finish line in the Women’s elite race

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Britain’s Mo Farah and Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in action during the men’s elite race

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The Elite Men reach the halfway point, as seen from Tower Bridge

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Wishful thinking? A fun runner dressed in costume despite warm weather warnings

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Eight legs or two? A man with an octopus outfit during the race

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Experts advised runners not to aim for their personal best as the temperature was expected to rise to 23C

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Caged beast: this runner was on the move in a warm looking outfit

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Participants were offered more water and ice than usual during the race due to the harsh conditions

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Vivian Cheruiyot wins the Elite Women’s race, with Buckingham Palace looking glorious in the background

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Professor Sharma, of St George’s, University of London, said: “It was a hard day. I think we kept our runners as safe as we possibly could.” 

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More than 40,000 runners eventually managed to finish. Race organisers had previously urged them not to aim for personal records and ditch fancy dress. 

Around four-and-a-half litres of water was distributed per person — the most of any mass participation event in the world, organisers said. Run-through shower stations were dotted along the 26.2-mile route.

Environmental campaigners said data showed levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in central London dropped by 89 per cent because so many roads were shut. 

The first fire crew at the scene of the Grenfell Tower disaster raised more than £41,000 for children affected by it.



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