UK Weather: Sunshine and Steady Conditions for London Marathon Runners as Heavy Rains and Winds Dull | UK News
Runners competing in the London Marathon today enjoyed sunshine and stable conditions, following high winds and heavy rains that swept across much of the country on Saturday.
A yellow weather warning for wind and rain was in place in eastern and southern England and parts of Scotland, with the Isle of Wight recording gusts of up to 60 mph (97 km / h) and with Dorset measuring 30mm (3cm) of rain during the day.
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But on Sunday, temperatures in London were around 11C (52F) between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the start of the race, but the mercury could reach highs of 17C (63F) – the average for October – during the day.
Gusts of up to 35 mph (56 km / h), which could affect runners, were still expected along with several showers, but these are expected to be ephemeral, bringing up to 3 mm (0.3 cm) of precipitation in scattered areas.
Ahead of the race, a Met Office spokesperson said: “It’s going to be a lovely sunny morning… lots of sunshine around but a bit of a southwest breeze and the cloud will tend to increase as and the race is progressing.
“Certainly for arrivals later in the afternoon, there will be more clouds around the wind that has lifted a bit, and there will also be an increasing likelihood that a downpour will develop.”
More than 40,000 runners participated in the London Marathon today; tackling the traditional 26.2 mile route from Greenwich to the Mall after last year’s mass event was scrapped due to COVID pandemic restrictions.
Olympic BMX silver medalist Kye Whyte kicked off the mass race and marathon organizers Virgin Money London said “so many smiles, so glad to see you again! “
Many retired sports stars have also called on their coaches to participate, including former London Marathon winner and Olympian Liz McColgan, footballer Danny Mills, rugby player Kevin Sinfield, gold medalist cyclist Olympic champion Dani Rowe and two-time Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock, celebrity vet Noel Fitzpatrick, actress Tanya Franks and former Blue presenter Peter Duncan were also among the attendees.
Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma, who finished third last year, won the elite men’s race in exactly 2: 04.01.
The women’s race was won by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2: 17.42, making her the seventh fastest woman in history.
Last year’s marathon was replaced in 2020 by a virtual race where participants chose their own route and another 40,000 participants will earn their medals by participating in the virtual event this year.
Other parts of the UK will also experience average temperatures on Sunday, for example Manchester will peak at around 14 ° C (57 ° F), but the north of the UK is expected to receive more rainfall throughout the day.
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It will remain brighter for the most part, although heavy downpours could hit the west of the country as well.
Meanwhile, a yellow wind weather warning is in place for the Shetland Islands for Sunday, with gusts of up to 70 mph (113 km / h) expected to disrupt travel, particularly in coastal areas.
Further coastal gales are possible in the south and west on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Met Office, as another weather system arrives from the Atlantic.
Heavier rains and strong winds are expected in parts of Wales and southern England early next week.