The Baker's Dozen rise to the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon
Thirteen Great British Bake Off contestants started Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon and the complete Baker’s Dozen made it to the finish.
Series 6 contestant Ian Cumming was top of the class finishing in a fantastic time of 3 hours 9 minutes and 17 seconds while Frances Quinn, who won Series 4 of the Bake Off, was the fastest of the female runners, crossing the Finish Line in an impressive 3:25:46.
For the next three hours, members of the Bake Off team came over the Finish Line with Jane Beedle, runner-up in Series 7, putting the icing on the cake as she completed a Baker’s Dozen of finishers in 6:33:54.
Cumming, who was running for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), said: “It was amazing and absolute honour to be part of it. Everyone talks about the support on the way and you think, ‘how good can it be?’ But it’s just extraordinary. It’s almost like there are professional supporters the whole way round, it’s incredible.
“I think it was such an achievement for the whole Baker’s Dozen to make it to the Start Line and then for everyone to finish was brilliant. We were part of a team and it felt like that. None of us actually ran together and training for a marathon can be quite solitary, but we were all in contact and that helped us all along.”
Quinn, who was running for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Running the London Marathon was always on my bucket list. It started in the year I was born (1981) and it was the one I’ve always wanted to experience and it was amazing.
“I remember saying during the Great British Bake Off filming that it felt like a marathon and I remember saying ‘I don’t know when I’ll hit the wall’ and it was a similar feeling on Sunday. I had to overcome some major hurdles but it was that feeling of, ‘I have to keep going’. And the marathon was a little bit more under my control as I didn’t have Mary (Berry) and Paul (Hollywood) there judging me at the end – I just had to get to the end!”
Michael Georgiou, from Series 7, also running for GOSH, was the third of the Baker’s Dozen to finish, clocking 3:45:22.
He said: “It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Although it was hot, the crowds were amazing at motivating you to carry on and the emotion of crossing that finishing line was overwhelming.”
Of the 13 runners, 10 were running for GOSH with Enwezor Nzegwu running for Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Selasi Gbormittah raising money for World Vision.
Gbormittah, from Series 7, finished in 5:44:53 and said afterwards: “It was a brilliant day and the crowds genuinely make the event. They really do push us through at our lowest points and the event really does bring together the #SpiritofLondon.”
- Ian Cumming (Series 6, running for Great Ormond Street Hospital GOSH): 3:09:17
- Frances Quinn (Series 4, running for Macmillan Cancer Support): 3:25:46
- Michael Georgiou (Series 7, running for GOSH): 3:45:22
- Enwezor Nzegwu (Series 5, running for Cystic Fibrosis Trust): 4:17:35
- Richard Burr (Series 5, running for GOSH): 4:24:28
- Tom Gilliford (Series 7, running for GOSH): 4:26:46
- Mat Riley (Series 6, running for GOSH): 4:41:16
- Kate Henry (Series 5, running for GOSH): 4:46:54
- Beca Lyne-Pirkis (Series 4, running for GOSH): 5:33:55
- Selasi Gbormittah (Series 7, running for World Vision): 5:44:53
- Alvin Magallanes (Series 6, running for GOSH): 5:52:44
- Chetna Makan (Series 5, running for GOSH): 6:18:55
- Jane Beedle (Series 7, running for GOSH): 6:33:54