Big Ben London Marathon runner has costume stolen from pub hours after completing the 26.2 miles

30 Apr

The London Marathon hero who ran 26.2 miles in a Big Ben costume has had his outfit stolen.

Lukas Bates had onlookers in hysterics when he needed help to complete Sunday’s race after his ten-foot costume struggled to make it under the barrier at the finish line.

The Big Ben runner stood out from the crowd

After celebrating at The Old Shades in Westminster, his hilarious outfit was stolen.

CCTV images show a group of people carrying the costume out of the pub.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has offered a £1,000 reward in an attempt to reunite Bates with his costume.

CCTV footage of the Big Ben costume used by Lukas Bates to run the London Marathon being stolen went viral

He said: “Where do you hide a 10ft high Big Ben?

“I am offering a £500 reward just enough to tempt people out to frame him. Whoever the thief is.

“Let’s make it a thousand. I’ll offer a thousand pound reward of my own money for the safe return of the Big Ben.”

Piers Morgan is willing to give someone £1,000 of his own money as a reward to find the costume

On Sunday, Bates, from Kent, told BBC Radio the comical scenes were worth it. “After running 26.2 miles, that’s not what you want to be doing. To get the publicity from my epic fail of not getting through the finish line has been worthwhile.

“It was a great experience, the crowd were wonderful and it’s been absolutely great to get recognition for my charity. I’m so thankful to everyone that has donated so far.

“I’m quite sore. My legs are tired, my back is tired and my shoulders are tired from carrying that costume but I’m feeling really good.

“I guess I’m known for not getting under the finish line. I couldn’t believe it to be honest – I had no problems until that point and I just assumed that I’d get through the finish line.

“Clearly I was very tired at that point and a kind marshal helped me by angling the top of my costume and I had to squat down as low as I could get – I was pretty much on my bum – and angle forward.”

London Marathon 2019: Date and start times, TV channel and stream details, athletes and celebrity runners

24 Apr

The 39th London Marathon is upon us with Team GB icon Mo Farah, world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and thousands of others set to take on the famous race.

Elite athletes, fundraisers and celebrities will make their way around the 26.2 mile course, enjoying the breathtaking London landmarks along the way.

Mo Farah will be among the runners at the London Marathon

London Marathon 2019: When is it?

The 2019 London Marathon will take place on on Sunday, April 28.

The Elite Men’s Race will get off at 10:10am and will be immediately followed by the Mass Race.

The Elite Wheelchair Races, the World Para races and the Elite Women’s Race will start shortly before.

London Marathon 2019: TV channel and live stream details

The BBC will be showing coverage of the London Marathon with their programme starting at 10am.

It will be on BBC1, BBC Sport Online and red button with different cameras available.

The red button will give commentary on the elite races and then will offer finish line coverage.

The 39th London Marathon will take place this weekend

London Marathon 2019: What athletes are racing?

Sir Mo Farah, the four-time Olympic Gold medalist, is back for his second London marathon after finishing third in 2018.

Last year’s winner of the men’s elite marathon Kipchoge is back aiming for a fourth win in the capital.

The 24-year-old is the current marathon world record holder and holds the London marathon course record.

Eight time winner David Weir will be competing in the men’s wheelchair race.

The 39th London Marathon will take place this weekend

London Marathon 2019: Who are the celebrities running?

There are a number of celebrities running the London Marathon this year with some first timers and some coming back for more.

Some famous names include Chris Evans, Emma Barton, Candice Brown, Natalie Cassidy and Jonathan Pearce.

Also running is Jenni Falconer, Kirsty Gallacher, Ed Gamble, Paul Konchesky and Helen Skelton among others.