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Marathon hero Matthew Rees tells GMB why he had to help David Wyeth across the finish line

Matthew save David struggling just 200m before the finishing line and helped him complete the race

Emmy Griffiths

The nation was touched after a London marathon runner was caught on camera helping out a fellow runner whose legs had given out just 200m before the finishing line. The running hero, Matthew Rees, assisted David Wyeth to the end of the race with the help of a steward, and the pair appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss what happened.

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Chatting about his memory of the race, David said: "I'd trained so well, I was well prepared, I'd run a conservative race, I was on track - at least to mile 20 - and thought I was coming through a dark patch, but it just got darker and darker. I turned into the Mall and my legs just went beneath me. I'd been struggling before that and I knew I hadn't been going in a straight line and really I should have stopped but you train also to override those sensations just to keep going."

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Matthew helped David across the finishing line

He added: "I knew I was in trouble then when I went to the ground obviously. Then next thing I heard was Matthew’s voice in my ear encouraging me up, 'Let's do this! I'll get you over the line.' And he certainly did that." Matthew modestly spoke about his decision to help David out, explaining: "As soon as I saw David and his legs go beneath him, there was no other option, I had to help him. He's come 26 miles and the finish is just there and when I went over and spoke to him you could see how determined he was, he was saying, 'I need to finish' and I said, 'We will finish, we'll finish together'.

 

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He continued: "This moment was caught on camera but this was happening throughout the race, everyone's helping each other out. I think this is just the one that hit the spotlight but everyone, the running community, has been incredible, the spectators throughout the race were helping each other and giving us great support, so this was just one moment caught on camera in my opinion."
 

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