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Salvation Army hands out thousands of water bottles at Men's Marathon

The Salvation Army was again on hand at the Olympic Men's Marathon on Sunday 12 August to distribute bottled water to the crowds along the route and to emergency services personnel and staff from the Corporation of London. 

Salvation Army emergency response vehicles were stationed at four sites along the route, our International Headquarters was also open to provide drinks to the crowds outside their building. 

The crowds, ten deep in some places, were given water by 46 volunteers from The Salvation Army on a scorching hot day. Around 1820 cups of water, 3,010 bottles of water and 1,900 hot drinks were distributed and our volunteers were also joined by local Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes.

Simon Hughes MP said: "This has been a fantastic Olympics for London and one of the most exciting times since I first became an inner London MP in 1983.

Like lots of other people, I too am frustrated I don't have tickets for lots of the events, but I am pleased that I played a small part on Sunday handing out water with volunteers from The Salvation Army to spectators of the London 2012 Men's Marathon."

The race, past some of London's most notable landmarks, started and finished in the Mall near Buckingham Palace. It comprised one short and three longer circuits through the capital.

Salvation Army water distribution stations will also be on hand at the Paralympic Marathon on 9 September.