It has been revealed that Prince Harry will present the winners trophies at this Sunday's Virgin London marathon. It has also been announced by race organisers that legendary Olympian Dorothy Tyler will be the official starter.
Prince Harry, who became patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust this year, will hand trophies to the first three finishers in the men's and women's races, and those in the men's and women's wheelchair events. He will also present prizes to winners in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon, races over the final three miles of the course involving young runners from across the country aged 11 to 17.
"We are delighted to have Prince Harry with us to present awards to our runners this year," said Virgin London marathon joint race director David Bedford. "Prince Harry is a great supporter of the event and it is especially fitting to have a Royal presence during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year."
The 36,000 runners will also be given a memorable send-off on their 26.2-mile journey through the capital when Dorothy Tyler sets them on their way from Blackheath. Tyler won silver medals in the high jump at the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936, when she was only 16, and at the London Games in 1948, making her the only woman to to win Olympic athletics medals before and after the Second World War.
She also competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. "I still love athletics and look forward to starting the London marathon," said Tyler, now a sprightly 92-year-old south Londoner. "It's nice to still be involved even at my age."
"It's fantastic to have Dorothy with us to start the race," said Bedford. "She is s true legend of the sport and it's fitting to have a great Olympian with us just three months before the London Olympic Games."