As Matthew Rees helped David Wyeth across the finish line of this year’s London Marathon a lifelong friendship was no doubt born together with a feel good story for the ages. Social media went into overdrive at the sight of this selfless act cheered on by both Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Many a column inch has since been devoted to the Swansea Harrier who sacrificed the opportunity of a personal best (he still completed the course in a highly respectable 2 hr 52 min 26 secs) in order to come to the aid of his fellow competitor who was clearly in need of assistance. Indeed Wyeth’s rescue appears to have overshadowed all other stories about the race including the astonishing achievement of his club mate Josh Griffiths who finished 13th overall and qualified for the 2017 World Championships in his first marathon attempt, despite starting in the heavy traffic of runners behind the elite athletes.
Whilst the pinnacle of sport is normally the reserve of gladiatorial battles between elite, and often highly paid athletes, their remains something special about those prepared to sacrifice their own glory in aid of their fellow competitor.
Other notable examples of the Corinthian Spirit include: