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London Marathon: Selfless runner helps exhausted competitor cross the finish line

An exhausted runner gave up just 200m from the finish line and was helped by a kindhearted competitor

An exhausted runner who gave up just 200m from the London Marathon ’s finish line completed the race with the help of a kindhearted stranger.

David Wyeth, of Chorlton Runners in Manchester, had the finish line sight when his legs went from exhaustion at the end of the 26-mile race.

The tired runner was spotted by Matthew Rees, of Swansea Harriers, who stopped running just a few yards from the end of the race to help Wyeth.

Wyeth was passed by other runners when his legs went from exhaustion

When Wyeth wobbled and other runners ran by, Rees stopped to prop up his fellow runner and walked him through the final steps.

Rees gave his fellow runner words of encouragement

The Chorlton runner was also helped by a race organiser in a brilliant show of empathy, but Wyeth’s time stands because he did not receive medical attention.

Viewers of the 2017 London Marathon took to Twitter in admiration of Rees’s selfless behaviour.

The images drew comparisons with the events of the World Triathlon Series last year with the Brownlee brothers.

An exhausted Jonny was helped finish the race by his brother Alistair, who sacrificed the chance to win to help his sibling.

The selfless runner carried his fellow competitor across the finish line(Image: BBC)

The 37th London Marathon today (April 22) saw around 40,000 people pounding the streets of the city centre throughout the day.

Highlights include Kenyan runner Mary Keitany setting a new women-only world record in the process, crossing the finish line in 2:17:01.

Ms Keitany’s finishing time is the quickest ever time since men and women started racing separately.

Another Kenyan runner, Daniel Wanjiru, won his first ever London Marathon, holding off competition favourite for victory, Kenenisa Bekele.

David Weir also set a record of seven London Marathon victories in the men's wheelchair race today.

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