This is the shocking moment a professional marathon runner collapsed on the finish line of the London Marathon at the end of the brutally draining race.
British athlete Hayley Carruthers, 25, was left flailing in pain just a metre short of the end of the race as her legs dramatically gave out in the closing stages of Sunday’s marathon.
Despite her shocking finish, Carruthers still managed to achieve a personal best – crawling the final stretch on her hands and knees.
Great Britain’s Hayley Carruthers collapses on the finish line in the women’s race on Sunday afternoon
After falling over near the finish line Carruthers then heroically crawled on her hands and knees towards the line to record her personal best
She finished in 2:34:03, nearly a quarter of an hour behind the winner of the women’s race, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei – who finished in 2:18:20.
Pictures showed Carruthers being carried away on a stretcher to receive treatment.
She later reassured fans she was fine on Twitter by posting a picture of bandaged knees alongside the caption: ‘Today I learnt how NOT to run a marathon! At least I PB’d.’
Elsewhere in the race Sir Mo Farah ended a torrid week by failing to win his maiden victory in the men’s section.
Farah could not live with the extraordinary Eliud Kipchoge who romped to a record fourth victory.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, 25, became the youngest female London winner, with Britain’s Charlotte Purdue 10th.
Farah’s preparations were marred by Wednesday’s explosive row with former distance star Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in the hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian.
Gebrselassie, 46, responded to Farah’s claims with an astonishing statement alleging ‘multiple reports of disgraceful conduct’ by the four-time Olympic champion and his entourage.
Farah’s camp insisted the unwelcome headlines would not affect the 36-year-old, and there was certainly no disgrace in finishing fifth in a time of two hours, five minutes and 39 seconds.
After the race Carruthers tweeted a picture of her bandaged-up knees alongside the caption ‘today I learnt how not to run a marathon’
Carruthers lies on the ground after crawling over the finish line as volunteers and doctors rush to her aid in the middle of the track
Paramedics arrived at the finish line shortly after to put her on a stretcher and carry her away to receive further treatment after the race
Carruthers fell just moments before the Duke of Sussex made a surprise visit to the Marathon to meet volunteers, watch the runners and present medals to the marathon and wheelchair winners.
It is understood Harry had always planned to go but with the birth of his child due around this period it was not announced in advance.
The Duke’s presence suggests wife Meghan, who is at their Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor Castle estate, is not expected to give birth imminently.
Earlier on Sunday, Prince William admitted he has ‘no idea’ whether baby Sussex is imminent amid speculation Meghan could give birth any day now – with some sources even citing today as the Duchess’ due date.
Sir Mo Farah meanwhile failed his bid to win a first London Marathon as he came fifth with a time of 2:05:38 behind Kenyan winner Eliud Kipchoge who finished in 2:02:36.
Farah’s preparations have been marred by an extraordinary row with former distance star Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in the hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian.
The Duke of Sussex poses for a picture with Great Britain’s Derek Rae (left), Australia’s Michael Roeger and El Harti (right) after they received their medals
Harry poses with men’s race winner Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge (left) and women’s race winner, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei
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A dejected Sir Mo Farah crosses the finish line in fifth place at the London Marathon on Sunday afternoon, finishing with a time of 2:05:38
Mo Farah with his wife Tania Nell embrace at the end of the race. Farah had been aiming to score his maiden victory in the event
Kenya’s World record holder Eliud Kipchoge won the race by some distance with a remarkable time of 2:02:36
Kipchoge, center, poses with second place winner Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, right, and third place winner Ethiopia’s Mule Wasihun