Congratulations to the runners and supporters of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for Going Big Together

26.2 miles. 41,003 runners. One epic day!

Big. That’s the only way to describe the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. Thousands upon thousands of runners and supporters who epitomised what it means to Go Big Together.

Millions of big-hearted people lined the streets of London, shouting their support for their friends, loved-ones and even total strangers at the top of their voices.

Of course, we wouldn’t miss it for the world. And we were there once again, handing out much needed bottles of cool, refreshing Buxton Natural Mineral Water to the thirsty runners. Good job too, as it turned out to be the hottest race on record!

Run Rob, Run!  

Records being set seemed to be the order of the day. In total, 34 new Guinness World Records were set, as runners braved temperatures of up to 24°C in all manner of fancy dress costumes, including a love heart, a padlock and even a whoopee cushion!

Rob Pope was one such brave soul, who set the record for the fastest marathon runner in a movie costume, as he pounded the streets of London dressed as Forrest Gump, clocking a close-to-elite time of 2:36:28. A great effort, considering he’d run a total of 15, 348 miles in 409 days. Phew!

A big day for two have-a-go heroes

Everyone’s a champ in our eyes. But two people from last year’s race stand out from the crowd. You may recall that David Wyeth collapsed with exhaustion just 300 metres to go. And Matt Rees selflessly helped him across the line, shouting words of encouragement all the way.

This year, David made it safely home in 2:49:14, less than two minutes behind Matt, who crossed the finish in 2:47:55. Matt was waiting to greet his new friend, with a big hug.


Big memories

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest, most unforgettable experiences ever. So we thought we’d better go big too, with our Big Buxton Lane. At mile 12, we took over an entire section of the race, making it a landmark for runners to spot loved ones in the crowd. And just to make sure they didn’t miss anything, we had big screens showing messages of support to help them power through (and let them know where the next water station was).

Poetry in motion

Everyone watching did their bit to Go Big Together, whether on the sidelines or from the comfort of home. But we think Jonathan Clark deserves a big old mention for waxing lyrical about our refreshing bottles of water, with a poem about the big day. Thanks Jonathan, your effort was miles better than ours!

Time to go big on recovery

You’ve done it! But where do you go from here? The thing is, you need to be a little bit clever about what you do next. Because you’re going to need a good marathon recovery routine. So here are a few handy tips, to help you feel tip-top in no time.

1. Take some time off, you deserve it

It’s recommended you take a 2-3 weeks total break from running. It may sound like a long time, but one of the biggest mistakes you can make is not taking enough time off after a marathon. It gives your body (and mind) enough time to repair and recover, and it’s all too easy to get injured, sick or mentally fatigued if you don’t.

2. Put some good stuff back in

Try to keep an eye on what you put into your body too. Stay well hydrated (we recommend a cool refreshing bottle of Buxton Water*). But it really is vital to stay on top of how much of the clear stuff you drink. Good nutrition can go a long way to repairing the damage to your muscles too. So for the next couple of weeks fill your face with plenty of carbs, quality proteins and fruits, which will help with muscle repair and boost the immune system.

3. Get back to it, but slowly does it

Around 3-4 days into your marathon recovery, do some short, very easy, low impact cross training like walking, biking or swimming. Try some very light stretching, or go for a gentle massage. But don’t even think about getting back into running for another few weeks yet – your body needs the rest.

Don’t forget to wear the Buxton Badge with pride

You might have spotted some people wearing our Buxton badge with pride on your commute to work this morning. Don’t forget to give up your seat for these have-a-go-heroes. Chances are they’re feeling a little weary from yesterday’s events, bless’em.

Big love to all our volunteers

As always, we want to say a great big Buxton-style thanks to the incredible crowd of volunteers, who handed out bottle after bottle of refreshing Buxton Water at our stations along the way. And of course, a big shout out from us to every last one of you who made a seriously big effort for someone else, by running the Virgin Money London Marathon in the first place, you big-hearted beauties!

It may be over for another year. But whatever you’re up to in the meantime – whether it’s your morning jog to work or training for your next big run – remember you’re not alone. So #GoBigTogether.

Read Buxton Water running tips here.

*Water contributes to the maintenance of normal physical and cognitive function and normal regulation of body temperature. At least 2L of water, from all sources, should be consumed per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle