The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the 2017 London Marathon this morning, when they pushed the big red button together, starting the men’s elite race. The royal trio were there having spearheaded the Heads Together campaign, the chosen charity of the race this year.
William, Catherine and Harry have worked hard in the lead-up to the Marathon to publicise their chosen charity, Heads Together, which unites organisations across the UK to help those struggling with mental health problems. They have been doing fantastic work in this area.
Before the race, the Duke, Duchess and Prince – all wearing Heads Together jackets – met some of the runners raising money for mental health charities on Blackheath Common, plus some of the volunteers and support staff.
Three of the people that the trio met were Pippa Creasy and her two grown children who ran in support of CALM, a Heads Together-partnered charity which tries to prevent male suicide; Pippa’s husband committed suicide four years ago.
Prince William wished Pippa good luck, before asking: “How’s the adrenaline going?”
Throughout the race, the Royals were spotted in the crowds cheering on the 40,000 runners, and plenty of them are were running for mental and physical health charities, including Heads Together and other organisation with Royal patrons, like MIND, Diabetes UK and Help for Heroes. All runners wore the blue headband though.
Helping motivate runners, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry gave out high-fives and bottles of water at various points along the 26 mile route, with many runners only noticing who they were after they had run past. Cheekily, Harry squeezed a bottle of water in his brother’s face at one point!
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Gabbi Logan commented during the BBC’s coverage of the race, “Today it’s okay to have a sweaty brow when you’re meeting the future King of England,” as some runners got hugs from William, Catherine or Harry.
Later, William, Kate and Harry handed out a selection of medals to the runners at the finish line, shaking hands and offering a few congratulatory words.
Prince Harry, as patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, also awarded veteran BBC sports commentator, olympian, and founder of the Great North Run, Brendan Foster, the lifetime achievement award commemorating his involvement in his 37th and final London Marathon race before his retirement.