Pubs were at the heart of the London marathon helping runners before, during, and after the hottest race on record.

Hundreds of runners took to social media following the run to show themselves in the pub eating meals and enjoying a well earned drink in beer gardens around the capital. 

One took to Twitter with a picture of the Red Lion, saying: "My kind of finishing line at the 2018 London Marathon- The Red Lion pub on Parliament street. Quite a few runners basking in glory and the sun enjoying a pint"

 

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Hannah Wilson also took to Twitter to say: "Spent my afternoon in a pub garden watching strangers clap & cheer as marathon runners came in with medals. Restored my faith in humans."

The White Swan was running a special breakfast event for the marathon:

 

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Temperatures soared to nearly 27 degrees during the race – considerably higher than the previous hottest marathon in 1996, which was 22 degrees. Runners even took to pubs in order to get their water fix during the searing heat, as many water stations ran low on supplies.

The Duke pub in Deptford was serving cups of water to runners in the problem area between eight and 10 miles from the start line with water not available for a seven-mile mid-race stretch.

 

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Pubcos such as Fullers and industry bodies had also set up websites prior to the race showcasing their pubs on route for supporters and runners to drink and eat before, during, and after the race.

 

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Runners included many licensees, bar staff and professionals in the pub trade too.

The Fatling Pub took to Instagram to congratulate it's barmaid who had 'destroyed the marathon':

 

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Richard Lewis, chief operating officer for Greene King Pub Company, and Clive Chesser, managing director for Greene King Brewing and Brands, ran the race for MacMillan Cancer Support. 

 

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