An emotional London Marathon journey for Brain and Spine Foundation runners

Tears of sweat, tears of joy. The emotion was there for all to see at the 31st London Marathon, on an incredibly hot day in the capital.

As Brain and Spine Foundation runners caught up with each other and their family members to relay their stories of how they coped through a tough 26.2 miles, the smiles, laughter and relief were there for all to see.

The Foundation, together with the Daily Telegraph, have formed a fantastic charity partnership for well over a decade now and this year was made even more special with the attendance of non-running team captain Michael Watson. Watson, who suffered brain damage as a result of a boxing bout with Chris Eubank in the early nineteen nineties which left him almost clinically dead, is a remarkable man. Back on his feet and talking freely to Telegraph Brain and Spine team members, Watson congratulated each and every one of the 67 team members on their achievement.

Michael Watson and Peter Hamlyn talk to members of the team

The charity, set up by Neurosurgeon Peter Hamlyn following his surgery on Watson after the fight, has raised nearly £1.5 million from the marathon over the last decade to help those suffering with neurological conditions, providing information and support through the Brain and Spine Foundation helpline and web and printed media.

The 67 who took part this year, all of whom have their own poignant reasons for running, will have raised over £100,000 as a result of their efforts, a figure that brought a smile to many a face today. Congratulations to every one of them and to all who took part.

35,000 runners braved the hot and humid conditions around the London Marathon course

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