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WATCH: Interview with Guildford London Marathon hero

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WATCH: Interview with Guildford London Marathon hero

Published at 5:45pm 24th April 2017.

A Guildford man who rushed to help a London Marathon runner who was near to collapsing - over the finish line, has told Eagle Radio the who moment "was inspiring."

The whole thing was caught on camera and and has been viewed millions of times across the globe since yesterday (April 23).

Fellow runner Matthew Rees put his arm around David Wyeth whose "legs just crumbled" at the last bend - about 200 metres from the finish line.

That's when Guildford's Keith Harrison rushed to support David's other side. 

The pair then walked the exhausted competitor up The Mall as they were applauded to the end of 26.2-mile course by the crowd that included Princes William and Harry.

They finished in a respectable time of two hours, 52 minutes and 26 seconds.

Just 24 hours later Keith is back home in Guildford overwhelmed by the response of the public to that moment.

In an interview with Eagle Radio he says the reaction has been unbelievable but he doesn't deserve any credit: "People have been giving me a lot of credit for something I was there to do. 

"I saw them come round the corner and it didn't look good so I ran over - the crowd reaction was unbelievable - the crowd gave us all such a lift it was a real amazing experience just to help out...

"...but I have to admit it is Matt that deserves the credit because it was my job to be there for people like David.

"It was right place right time really - it was my job - Matt deserves the credit for stepping in and giving that help.

"It was a great moment."

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Keith tells us more of what the camera doesn't capture: "He (David) was out of it - just before the end I tapped Matt on the shoulder and said 'you were fantastic'

"It was all about getting David across the line so he could get some help. 

"All the best medical stuff is across the line - when you are that close the best facilities are across the finish line so..."

Keith adds how special the day was: "It was fantastic - it made your day really - to help someone like David across the line."

Watch Keith's interview in full and hear why he's been teasing his wife since the marathon:



Meanwhile the 29-year-old said helping his fellow competitor was "more important" to him than his race time.

The bank worker, a member of the Swansea Harriers running club, said: "I took the final corner thinking 'right, it's nearly done, time to sprint', and I saw this guy and his legs just crumbled below him.

"I saw him try to stand up again and his legs just went down again, and I thought 'this is more important, getting him across the line is more important than shaving a few seconds off my time'.

"I went over to try and help him and every time he tried to get up he just fell down again and again, so I just tried to cheer him on, picked him up and said: 'Come on, we can do this'.

"He was really grateful, but he wasn't very coherent, he was just like 'I have to finish, I have to finish'.

"And I said 'you will finish, you will get there, come on let's do this', but every time he tried to move he would just fall again so it was important to guide him."

David was said to be running in memory of his uncle and has raised more than £8,250 for Isabel Hospice after well-wishers flooded his online fundraising page with donations.

Speaking to Sky News, he said footage of himself struggling to stand up were his "final moments" before he "crumbled to the floor".

He said: "Before that, I hadn't been running in a straight line for a mile or so - it was just a fight for the line.

"Being such a good runner himself, Matthew knew what to say, the right words to comfort and give me encouragement to get on.

"I was asking for his support, I needed to get to the line.

"Matthew gave up his own race for me which is just wonderful, he is such a gentleman."

He added: "What was so nice is that even when an organiser came over to support me on the other side, (Matthew) still wouldn't let me go.

"He was there until the end."

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