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London marathon runners 'called fat and slow' by contractors

Liz Ayres says some runners wanted "to go home and quit"
Liz Ayres

One of the official pacers at the London Marathon has said she and fellow runners were treated "horrifically" during the race.

Liz Ayres was asked to run the course in 7.5 hours to aid participants.

She said runners were called "fat" and "slow" by contractors and volunteer marshals - and one woman received chemical burns from the clean-up operation that began around them.

Marathon organisers said they were "very sorry to hear" of her experience.