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A memorable moment

'I'm trying to beat my PB for the London Marathon,' one of my friends posted on Facebook on Sunday morning. 'Last year I managed 2 hours 40 minutes... before I got bored and changed channel.' 

Well, I missed the live coverage completely - I was larking around on Cogden Beach at the time - so I've just caught up with all the drama. I've been blubbing over the footage of Matthew Rees helping an exhausted David Wyeth over the finish line, sacrificing the sprint finish he'd planned: 

"As I got closer, I realised if I could speed up a little bit in the last few hundred metres I could finish under two hours, 50 minutes, but then I saw David and decided it was more important to make sure he finished as well. So I didn’t get the time I was looking for, but I got a memorable moment and that’s more important."

It took him two more minutes than he'd planned to cross the finish line, and in those two minutes he inspired millions. Other runners saw Wyeth stagger and stumble, but kept running. They didn't know him, after all - why should they sacrifice the race they'd worked so hard for? 

Sometimes we get so focused on the task in front of us we forget who we really are, and why we're really here, and what really matters. Thanks for reminding us all, Matthew Rees. 

This entry was posted on 24 April 2017 at 22:17 and is filed under Other | self-development. You can leave a response here.

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Sherry Bevan says

I remember going to a women's road race (cycle race) and my friend was involved in a crash. I stopped to check she was ok and once I knew she was being taken care of, I carried on. However I was 'told off' by some club members. "You should have kept going". At the time, you simply respond. You don't 'think' about it. Two Petts Wood Runners stopped to help a runner continue too - I caught a glimpse on the BBC coverage but Matthew Rees has certainly caught the nation's attention. And what a brilliant response from David Wyeth's club.

Added on 25 April 2017 at 13:33

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