|The runners in Fryemt Way, Kingsbury Photo: Philip Grant|
It was a cold Spring morning but possibly ideal weather for running a half marathon. I was in time this mormning to see the runners emerge from The Paddocks to stream off down Salmon Street with only a few locals, including whole families, lining the route to cheer them on. However the few did manage to make plenty of supportive noise which the runners seemed to appreciate.
One Salmon Street resident told me that she enjoyed watching the runners. "They are all ages, all shapes and sizes, all types, just normal people," she said, waving to a young Somalian woman in hijab and track suit who was trotting by.
A neighbour, who was unable to drive out of Pilgrim's Way to go and see her mum for Mothers' Day because of the road closures, was patiently waiting at the roundabout, but said that despite her frustration she admired what the runners were doing.