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Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
Fifth marathon win for Tanni
Tanni Grey-Thompson
Tanni suffered a puncture but still won the race
Welsh athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson is celebrating her fifth win in the women's wheelchair race at the London Marathon.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist showed why she was one of the greatest British athletes of all time with a near faultless display.

There was concern at one stage when she suffered from a punctured tyre with the cobbled section of the 26-mile course giving her a few problems, but the Briton used all her resolve to storm to victory.

Men's winner Morocco's Abdelkader El Mouaziz
Men's winner Morocco's Abdelkader El Mouaziz

"I was really pleased with the day," said Grey-Thompson.

"It wasn't a strong women's field, so I went off fast to join the men's field early on.

"It was nice winning here because I always have a nightmare after a paralympics year.

"My ambition is to beat Ian (her husband) one day."

Two Welsh athletes chose the marathon as the venue for their wedding.

London Marathon facts
More than 30,000 runners
Oldest woman competitor: Jenny Wood Allen, 89, of Dundee
Oldest man: Abraham Weintraub, 91, of the USA
Youngest competitor: James Bream, 18, of Stafford
Married en route: Angela Stratford and Nigel Jones, from south Wales

Angela Stratford, 34, and Nigel Jones, 48, from Cwmbran in south east Wales, tied the knot on Tower Bridge after completing 14 miles of the race.

The couple are both athletes and met while out running. Angela was in the British triathlon team for two years.

They began the race, then meet up with family and friends at Tower Bridge, where they were married by a friend of theirs - a bishop in full regalia.

The newly-weds then completed the race alongside more than 26,000 runners on the 21st anniversary of the event.


They made their wedding vows on the run to raise money for the Welsh cancer charity Tenovus.

The couple have a history of marking family events in unusual ways.

Nigel proposed to Angela on TV's Trisha's Show, and their first child Ellie was christened on Snowdon by the same Bishop, who was then a reverend in what is believed to have been the highest altitude christening in Wales.

The pair will be running alongside golden Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave who is competing along with his wife in the marathon for the first time after giving up rowing.

Nigel and Angela are not the first to get married during the annual event.

Croydon couple Mick Gambrill, 46, and Barbara Cole, 43, pipped them to the post in 1999.

Wearing custom-made wedding outfits designed by Jeff Banks, the couple will stopped off at Charlton House, near Greenwich, south London, where they were married by a registrar before going on to complete the race.

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