London Marathon cleanup crew accused of bullying slowest runners

Ms Ayres wrote: “Tower Bridge is supposed to be where every runner gets their epic marathon shot. Not for us, we were blocked from continuing through over the bridge for a few minutes by several sewage collection lorries, we ended up having to weave through moving vehicles to get through!”Miles 13 through to 18 were horrendous! We were sprayed with cleaning fluid and water from the clean up vehicles, who couldn’t make up their minds if they had water or chemicals. One eager beaver decided to keep nudging me with his vehicle and spraying me until watching spectators went crazy and started yelling at him to stop, he then pulled back. Watching St John’s Ambulance volunteers were appalled and checked us for possible chemical burns. Remember, I’m an official pacer with a big blue flag!” @LondonMarathon. I saw the treatment of the back markers for myself as we doubled back round Canary Wharf. Road sweeper forcing people off the road with full jets going. Disgraceful treatment! Especially considering that it’s your own pacer team involved. #LondonMarathon https://t.co/PLpz5gsg8K— Garry Morrison (@gazranger78) May 1, 2019 Marshalling mile 10.5 after the 7:30 pacer went by. Treatment of the people at the back was very poor. Workers spraying chemicals onto the road erasing course markings while People were still walking! ? Workers mockingly shouted “come on ladies”from the trucks as they drove by😖 pic.twitter.com/iclnVWuIRp— Victoria Seaman (@VixSeaman) April 30, 2019 As well as this, she complained that once she reached water stations, there was nothing there for her or the slower runners.The group even had to be checked by St John’s Ambulance volunteers, she claimed, as they were reportedly sprayed with cleaning chemicals by the clean-up crew. Many said they had the same experience. Runner Michelle Edmunson tweeted: “I came in on 7 hours after the wheels fell off of my race – I was sprayed by the road sweeper, pushed onto pavements and dodged passers by to get to the finish. The timing mats had been taken up I think as I wasn’t getting times and my friends were worrying – really disappointed.” The London Marathon organisers have launched an investigation after slower runners complained road cleanup was done too early, and claim they were followed by sweepers and denied water.Elizabeth Ayres was the 7½hr official pacer on Sunday, meaning she could help the very slowest people finish their marathon on time.She said that she was “bullied by clean-up crew” and forced to weave past sewage trucks – despite finishing “bang on time”.The runner claimed that at the 5km mark she was already being pursued by the cleaning crew, writing: “The sweeper car had overtaken us at Mile 1 and were claiming that I was moving at a slower pace than 17 min miles. I was so annoyed.”The cleaning crew crept up around us and started cleaning off the blue line right in front of me, I wasn’t impressed as made it known to one of the course cars who then asked them to hold back.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another, Ruth Yorke, added: “I finished 7:30:19 & was sprayed at least 5 times, mile markers dismantled, no finishers tshirt & now they’re saying they will ‘try to get one sent out’.”A volunteer, Victoria Seaman, said: “Marshalling mile 10.5 after the 7:30 pacer went by. Treatment of the people at the back was very poor. Workers spraying chemicals onto the road erasing course markings while people were still walking! ? Workers mockingly shouted ‘come on ladies’ from the trucks as they drove by”.The Telegraph understands that the London Marathon organisers will be investigating all cases where runners felt they were treated badly.Hugh Brasher, Event Director for the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: “We work hard to provide the best possible experience for every runner in the London Marathon and we were very sorry to hear about the experience of Elizabeth and a small number of other runners on Sunday. “A senior member of our team called Elizabeth yesterday to find out more and we are now looking into this in detail as part of a full investigation. We’ll be talking to the people involved to find out what happened and we’ll also be contacting the runners who were in the group being paced by Elizabeth.”