A huge number of people showed up early on a weekend morning to capture some Olympic action. The size of the crowd was bizarre for two reasons:
1. There was no real British interest following Paula Radcliffe’s withdrawal (a bit of shame. I wanted to hold a sweepstake on where she’d break down)
2. The weather was monumentally terrible. It bucketed it down at regular intervals from 9am till 2pm with a short interlude of thunder and lightning.
The marathon did three giant loops around central London and so, with the conditions not being ideal for spectators, I expected a large majority of people to drop off as the race progressed. But the stuck with it - right up to the very end. In fact, the girl from Timor Leste trailing in last place by a good 40 minutes turned into a classic British Underdog. Even after the last significant runners had gone past, thousands of people chose to stay and cheer her on over the last lap.