TENS of thousands of runners took to the streets of the city today in a record-breaking London Marathon.
More than 40,000 took part in the event, won by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in two hours two minutes 38 seconds – the second fastest time in history and a new course record.
City running machine Andy Greenleaf, a business developer at investment bank Julius Baer wasn’t far behind with an impressive time of two hours 24 minutes 34 seconds.
A number of City workers took on the world famous race for the first time, inspired by charitable causes.
Tom Wilson, associate investment director at Schroders, juggled his job, two young children and an intensive training regime on his way to a time of three hours 40 minutes 57 seconds.
“It was pretty tough and probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done but my time was slightly quicker than I was expecting so I’m very happy.”
The 37-year-old raised more than £2,000 for Children with Cancer, which once matched by Schroders will rise to more than £4,000.
James Williams, a Private Banker at Barclays, completed the 26.2-mile course in three hours 50 minutes 50 seconds.
“It was my first marathon and I made the rookie mistake of doing the first half as fast as I could, which made the second half difficult.
“But the crowd was fantastic, people were lining the street,really cheering everyone on.”
The 40-year-old raised £5,000 for animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming and said Barclays would match the first £1,000 raised.