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London Marathon 2021 runners target anti-vax protestors watching from roadside

Some runners took a dim view of anti-vax protestors who stood at the roadside with signs as tens of thousands of members of the public ran the London Marathon

Anti-vaxxers protest at London Marathon roadside

Anti-vax protestors watching the London Marathon were targeted by some runners during Sunday’s event.

Protestors stood by the roadside had signs warning against Covid vaccines for children and teens.

But some competitors took a dim view of their antics, showing their disapproval as they ran the gruelling 26.2-mile course.

Footage posted by Twitter account @AnonCitizenUK showed several runners making obscene gestures towards the protestors as they passed them on the course.

Another runner appeared to try and take one of the signs as he passed to cheers from other onlookers.

On the clip, one of the protestors can be heard shouting: “Don’t vaccinate kids! Don’t vaccinate teens!”



Anti-vax protestors at the roadside during the London Marathon
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Tens of thousands of members of the public took to the streets of the capital to run the marathon, the first held since April 2019 due to the coroanvirus pandemic.

The elite men’s, women’s and wheelchair races also took place as professionals and amateurs alike were roared on by supporters who lined the roadside.

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma won the men’s marathon.



Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma celebrates winning the elite men’s race
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Lemma, 30, ran superbly to record a time of 2:04.01 and claim victory on the streets of the capital.

It makes him the sixth fastest runner ever at long-distance running’s blue riband event.

Phil Sesemann, a junior doctor from Leeds, ran a remarkable race to finish seventh in his first ever marathon.

Sesemann celebrated his 29th birthday by being the first British man home in a time of 2:12.58.



Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei celebrates winning the elite women’s race
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Earlier, Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s race.

She ran a personal best time of 2:17.42 after storming clear of her rivals.

It makes her the seventh fastest woman in history.

Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia was second with compatriot Ashete Bekere third.

Charlotte Purdue finished 10th, finishing in a time of 2:23.26 – the third fastest in British history.









It came after the men’s wheelchair race was won by Marcel Hug, who claimed his third victory in London.

The Swiss, nicknamed ‘the Silver Bullet’, put in a dominant performance to win in a course-record time of one hour, 26 minutes and 25 seconds.

Daniel Romanchuk of America was second while Weir came out on top in a tight race for third with Brent Lakatos.

It was a double celebration for Switzerland after Manuela Schar won the women’s wheelchair race, beating her own course record by six seconds in 1:39.51.


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