Family, friends, charities and sponsors cheered on thousands of runners as they crossed the finish line at the Ealing Half Marathon.
Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai, 21, completed the race in 64.33 minutes, coming top of the 3,983 participants last Sunday (September 29).
The Kenyan full time athlete, who came to London for a month just for the event, said he knew he would win. He said: “It’s easy for me, I’m not tired. I have run it in 62 minutes in Kenya and have won three half marathons there. I started running when I was two or three, it makes me feel good. My father is a runner as well.”
The second Ealing Half Marathon, launched in 2012 as part of the legacy to the London Olympics, was a 13.1 mile single lap traffic free course, starting and finishing in Lammas Park.
Robert Wilson, 26, who grew up in Pitshanger bit now lives in Finsbury Park, came in at seventh place and said there were a lot more supporters this year.
The runner whose time was 1:12:21, said: “Last year I was third but there were some really good guys at the front this time and there were a lot of twists and hills on the route.”
James Ellis, from Clapham, who came in at ninth place with the time 1:14:37, said the atmosphere was really good. He said: “It’s one of the better half marathons I have done. It rates amongst the best.”
A proud mother, Natalie Brown, was waiting for her 25-year-old son Gary Brown to finish, who participated to raise money for Parkinsons disease, a condition his grandad suffers from.
Mrs Brown said: “He has never done anything like this before and has raised £850. I’m very proud of him.”
Ealing Eagles runner Ben Cope, 31, completed the marathon in just over an hour and a half whilst wearing a full lion costume.
The hardware engineer manager who lives in Ealing and ran for fun said: “It was just in the wardrobe. I read in the instructions that you could go in fancy dress so I just went for it.”
One of the volunteers from the chosen charity Epilepsy Action, Janet Hobbs, commended the event on how organised it was and how much hard work was put in.
Other charity partners were Tearfund, Cape, Ealing Samaritans, Ealing Centre for Independent Living, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Shooting Star Chase, The Gabrielle Gray Foundation, Raise the Roof Kenya, and St Mungos.
Sponsors of the Ealing Half Marathon 2013 included Up & Running, Volvic, TIMEX, Clif Bar, Xempo, Mercedes Benz Brentford, Smart Brentford, Move Clinics, Bodyline Fitness, The New Inn, The Park Club, dunnhumby, Ealing Eagles and Ealing Council.