The sight of 40,000 runners gathering together for the gruelling 26.2 mile journey through the streets of London is always an inspiration. You cannot fail but be impressed by the culmination of weeks and months of hard work, practice and commitment. However, there was a moment during yesterday’s London Marathon that I found particularly moving and uplifting. It was when Matthew Rees, from Swansea Harriers running club, sacrificed his own race to help David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners reach the finish line.
In a scene that was reminiscent of the World Triathlon Championships when Alistair Brownlee helped his brother Johnny cross the finish line, Rees showed the ultimate display of sportsmanship by stopping his own race to help a complete stranger who was suffering from exhaustion. In an interview after the race, Rees remarked “I didn’t want him running 26 miles for a steward to pull him out and not make the final 200 metres. I couldn’t let him not finish.” This act of selflessness is a powerful reminder that achieving your personal best does not mean winning at all costs. A lesson that is just as important in the business world as it is the world of sport.
So as we begin a new working week, I hope that we can all be inspired by this sporting behaviour to raise our own game and go the extra mile – whether it’s by supporting a colleague, creating a win-win situation with a customer or coming to the help of a complete stranger. We’d love to hear how you get on!