A moment that epitomes a marathon
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London Marathon runner helps struggling rival to finish

A runner has been praised for epitomising the sprit of the London Marathon by helping a fellow competitor over the line.

Swansea Harrier, Matthew Rees, took hold of David Wyeth, of Chorlton Runners, Manchester, about 135 metres (150 yards) from the finish and guided him up The Mall.

The pair were cheered home by Princes William and Harry and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Former marathon winner and BBC commentator Tanni Grey Thompson tweeted: "Matthew Rees refuses to give up helping David Wyeth across the line. Wow."

London Marathon tweeted: "Matthew Rees, you've just encompassed everything that's so special about the #LondonMarathon. We salute you."

  • 23 Apr 2017
  • From the section Wales