Poor old Poms wilt in record 23C heat
INCREDIBLE runners crossed the finish line at the London Marathon despite the blistering 23C weather making it the hottest ever - as others collapsed in the gruelling race to the finish.
Around 40,000 people ran the 26-mile race across London as officials confirmed the 23.2C temperature today beat the current record for the marathon of 22.7C in 1996.
Some runners received medical treatment after collapsing in the heat, with temperatures on the track likely to feel higher.
"A big caveat here is obviously a weather station temperature record will feel a bit different to what it might feel like trackside where you have the warmth coming up from the tarmac and other people," Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said.
Organisers emailed participants ahead of the event with safety advice on running in the heat.
"We reminded them they should adjust their goal for Sunday and plan to run at a slower pace and, if they were planning to run in fancy dress, they should think carefully if that is appropriate in these conditions," event director Hugh Brasher said.
The marathon starts in Greenwich Park, taking a tour around the capital and passing over the Thames at Tower Bridge before crossing the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The mini heatwave Brits enjoyed this week saw the mercury nudge a balmy 29.1C - the hottest April day in 70 years.