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2022 TCS London Marathon celebrity quotes

Joan Benoit Samuelson, gold medallist in the first women’s Olympic marathon (3:20:20)

“It was an accomplishment to finish today I haven’t raced since Berlin 2019. I did it today for my daughter, Abby, who’s also racing. I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything but I feel I owe my sport.

“I did it today on a wing and a prayer. For me now it’s about storytelling. I’m so pleased to do it today with my daughter even though she beat me and my replacement knee! Everybody said I wouldn’t do it but I’d never say never.

“I am a grandmother now. My granddaughter’s name is Charlotte – it’s my goal to run 5K with her. That’s my desire.”


Harry Judd, musician and drummer in the band McFly (3:14:37)

“It was tough today, you have to go to a dark place to cross this Finish Line. I’m really pleased even though I’d have liked to be a little faster, but I’m getting quicker each time. It’s 22 miles of a whole world of pain, but still the best experience of my life.

“The marathon is like performing on stage in some ways, the start is all adrenaline and it feels great. Running is like drumming, it has a beat and a rhythm. I think I’ve mastered the drumming, but I’m still tackling the running. I hope to run sub-three hours one day.

“My coach Steph Davis has been brilliant and taught me how to pace myself and introduced me to recovery running.”


Mark Wright, TV personality (3:41:47)

Today was worth the wait [after having to withdraw last year due to injury]. It’s been an unbelievable day, overwhelming. Humanity is a beautiful thing. This has been one of the biggest achievements in my life, especially with London being my family hometown.

“When I got to the Finish Line, I couldn’t believe it, even though I was counting down to it. I was just going for it and so pleased to see it.

“I didn’t have any low points to be honest, my calf played up but I met my sister-in-law who helped me with some pain relief – that’s what family are for!

“I would do it again, mix it up. I know I made some people very proud today.”


George Rainsford, Casualty actor (3:19:44)

“I found it pretty tough. I was going quite well up until about 20 miles and then the cramp came and I just thought ‘try to finish!’. The crowds were amazing as always and they really kept me going!

“I’m very happy with my time – I’ve moved into the age bracket of 40-plus, so I’ll take that!”

“I’m running for the Huntington’s Disease Association – I’m a patron of the charity. I kept thinking about them to keep me going, and my little boys too who are at home watching.”


Danny Mills, pundit and former England footballer (3:18:14)

“It was alright until 20 miles then my left knee went and I started feeling cramp.

“I get strength from my kids hammering me. My phone was buzzing across the Finish Line. I was getting texts from them saying ‘Come on dad, grind it out! Hang in there! Don’t give up!’ All the kinds of things I say before they race.”

“I’m fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund and Cancer Research. I might have a year off next year – it’s getting hard and I’m getting old!”


Sophie Raworth, BBC presenter (3:52:36)

“That was so hard, my calf went ‘ping’ at Tower Bridge and I nearly stopped. I had to walk for ages.

“This is my tenth marathon but I hadn’t properly trained because of not having the time. I couldn’t put any weight on my calf, but people shouted for me to keep running and walking. I know you’re not meant to carry on injured but I really wanted to finish.

“As I was running through all of the areas I spent time working in during The Queen’s funeral it felt very emotional and brought back memories of the last few weeks.

“I’m 54 years old, I did my first marathon when I was 42 and I think this is the only sport you can get faster at as a women as you get older, so I’ll definitely be back. I’m going to limp away now!”


Sam Bird, Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E Team driver (3:18:12)

“This was my first marathon and the first time I’ve ever done the distance and it feels amazing.

“There are some similarities with driving at the top level – you have to dig into your reserves as a racing driver and I certainly needed to do that today.

“I had to keep focused and keep going. I’ll be on the register for the event next year.”


Jeremy Joseph, owner of London’s G-A-Y and Heaven nightclubs, who worked with London Marathon Events, alongside others, to plan the new Rainbow Row section of the route (4:37:11)

“It was very tough today, it was my 12th marathon but I made the mistake of stopping off at Rainbow Row for an interview and I never stopped and started before. Coming off the main road and seeing the row made my day. There were lots of DJs and drag queens who I knew.

“Rainbow Row is not about getting more members of the LGBT community to take part in the marathon, it’s about everyone and bringing all communities together.

“I always start a race saying that this is the last time I’ll ever do it and then I end up wanting to do it again, so maybe number 13 is on the cards!”


Chris Finill, one of the ‘Ever Presents’ – a handful of men who have run every London Marathon since the first in 1981 (3:01:18)

“I see the London Marathon as my continuing job. Today the conditions were lovely. After 42 marathons I know the course really well and in some ways it gets easier. I was in control most of the way, but it’s getting hot and those out there for longer than me will really feel the heat.

“This year feels like a genuine return to normality, the London Marathon is back to its normal self.

“I’ve done 37 sub-three hour marathons, and I certainly will be back next year.”


Helen Thorn, comedian, podcaster and one half of Scummy Mummies (4:14:48)

“I trained a little bit harder this year and I just loved every single minute of it! I just put my head down and ran!

“The Gingerbread charity I ran for supports single parents, who are very much struggling right now with the cost-of-living crisis. I hope I have raised nearly £10,000 by now!”


Greg O’Shea, 2019 Love Island winner and Irish Olympian (4:08:08)

“My legs are wobbly and I’m struggling to stand, but I’m just over the moon!”

“I was running for Alzheimer’s Research in memory of my grandmother, who passed away after living with Alzheimer’s and that's what dragged me through and spurred me on!”

“I'm cramping everywhere but I’m buzzing! The London Marathon, the best marathon in the world to do it for.”

“To all Love Islanders – I’ve done it now, I’ve set the standard so I want to see you all doing it next year!”


Stephen Mangan, actor (4:40:42)

“It’s brutal. I’m humbled by the 26.2 miles. Amazing day, ridiculous support – where else in London do you see people wishing everyone well?

“I did look around for a bus or a moped I could steal.

“It is a treat but it’s a very, very long way. I don’t even want to jog for a bus now but I may feel differently. It was worth the pain to run for the Marie Curie charity.

“Everybody who finishes this race is a hero. I feel very proud of myself.

“There are no shortcuts. I may not be able to stand up tomorrow!”


Vassos Alexander, sports news presenter and author (3:43:18)

“I’ve run more than 100 marathons but this is only my second dressed as a Minion. Someone rang into the radio show last year and said they had a spare costume so I thought I’d do it and I’m doing it again this year. It’s great fun, you get a high five from everyone around the course.

“There’s no atmosphere like the London Marathon atmosphere. I found it hard this year and I had no idea of the time I was running in as you can’t see your watch in a Minion suit. Also I tied my shoe laces too tight and you can’t untie them the suit.

“I’m so happy we’ve raised £96,000 for Storm Break [charity that improves children’s mental health through movement].


Cynthia Erivo, actor (3:35:36)

“I can’t tell you how happy I am with my time. I feel so incredibly emotional and I’m trying hard not to cry.

“I have smashed my PB: my last marathon was 3:57 and I finished in 3:35 today. I had eight weeks to get it down, I trained really and it all paid off. I had wonderful help from my trainer.

“I had a weird moment at around 16/17 miles – it was intense but I somehow managed to get through it. I can’t believe I did and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

“This is my hometown and the support was amazing, I just want to thank everyone who came along and shouted the support. I’ll definitely be back.”


Chris Evans, radio presenter (4:58:27)

“It’s my eighth time and I’m glad to be here, the crowds have never been bigger. My wife Tash and I will keep coming as long as you’ll have us. This is the number-one marathon and I love my legs because they got me around the course.

“It’s such a focus for us, it’s the number-one thing in our social diary. In fact, we’re getting a bottle of water then we’re off for a training run in prep for April!

“We thought a lot about Her Majesty The Queen, especially on The Mall and passing Buckingham Palace. It’s hard to believe.

“The home mile is the signature home mile, which is out of this planet!”


Tyler West, radio DJ and 2022 Strictly Come Dancing contestant (5:25:15)

“There was one moment when I hit this wall and thought ‘I can’t go on any longer’ and then a tree ran past me! I thought, I'm hallucinating right now – I don't know what's going on but if the tree can do it then so can I!

“After this, I’m going to eat everything and anything – I’m ordering the lot before I dance again tomorrow!”


Anoosheh Ashoori, former political prisoner, running for Amnesty International and Hostage International (5:28:28)

“When I was in my cell I was thinking I want to convey the message of the inmates that are stuck there – they are not forgotten and I will do everything in my power to help them.”

“The true power is going to reveal itself soon because of this [the TCS London Marathon]. That is the power. They should never underestimate!”