AFTER two months of incessant rain, wind and unseasonable cold temperatures, more than 10,500 runners sweated it out yesterday in 28-degrees heat in the Bupa London 10,000 metres.
“After training in rainy April, this was quite a shock,” Nick Fox, Sir Richard Branson’s head of communications told The Capitalist.
“I like running these races, it gives you a good goal to get fit, but I have never run in such hot conditions before,” he added.
Fox ran the race in just under an hour, before getting back to work and manning the phones as the Virgin tycoon urged the government this weekend to cut red tape and taxes for small firms.
Mo Farah, the world 5,000 metres champion, was first across the finishing line in a time of 29 minutes 21 seconds while fellow Brit Mara Yamauchi won the women’s race in 32 minutes 52 seconds, as she stepped up her preparations for the Olympic marathon.
Behind them, thousands of runners and charity fundraisers ran the 10km circuit from the Mall past the Houses of Parliament and through the City before making their way back to Buckingham Palace.
“It was a glorious day on the part of the Olympic marathon course – it was a great atmosphere building up towards of the Olympics,” said Nicola Okey, a spokesperson for the event.