Whenever a large Marathon event is held, a ton of water is usually present. Changing from small paper cups to plastic bottles, the London Marathon had large pallets of Buxton water at stations every mile starting from mile 3 all the way to mile 25.
These hydration stations were put in place to ensure runners embarking on the 26 mile long run had enough fluids to keep them going.
That’s why this footage that was just recently uploaded to youtube is so shocking and appalling. Showing a large group of people aggressively pulling at and stealing from a pallet of water cases, it’s very disappointing to see.
They’re acting as if they haven’t had water in days and need to stock up for the apocalypse…seriously, some people have wheelie coolers overflowing while still handing cases to their friends/family.
“It’s very disappointing to see water being stolen in this way from the official water stations for our runners.” – Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the London Marathon
Reports have said that the final runners in the race had already passed…yet I doubt that these people would have known that. And regardless, that doesn’t warrant this kind of behavior. Clearly the water is not for the general public to take.
Understood to have happened at 1:15pm in Deptford, south-east London, groups of around 20 residents from the area were allegedly involved.
“These water stations are staffed by volunteers and we are very grateful to them for their work on Race Day. We always brief our volunteers not to get into altercations if this kind of thing happens. We’ll investigate this further.” – Hugh Brasher
Around 40,000 people took part in the race around the English capital, which has seen over one million Marathoners cross it’s line over the years.