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A London Marathon Runner Helped A Struggling Athlete Over The Finishing Line And Everyone Loved It

"You've just encompassed everything that's so special about the London Marathon. We salute you."

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Prince William and Prince Harry applauded as Rees stopped to help David Wyeth on the Mall, just outside Buckingham Palace.

👏 This is incredible! Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees helps a struggling runner cross the line at the #LondonMarathon

Wyeth was raising money for the Isabel Hospice in memory of his late uncle.

ALL THE ❤️❤️❤️ IN THE ACTUAL WORLD to the man who helped my superstar cousin David Wyeth #LondonMarathon…


Rees, from Swansea, told the Press Association that he went to cheer on Wyeth, picked him up, and said, "Come on, we can do this."

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The 29-year-old said that his calf had started to cramp early on, and seeing Wyeth brought back the feelings of the whole marathon to him.

"I saw him try to stand up again and his legs just went down again, and I thought, This is more important, getting him across the line is more important than shaving a few seconds off my time," he said.

"This is what the marathon is about – it's about people, it's for everyone. Moments like this make it worth it. I'm just glad he's OK."

Matthew Rees, of @SwanHarrierDev, you've just encompassed everything that's so special about the #LondonMarathon. W…


Ikran is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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