Thousands of London marathon runners forced to change their plans amid rail strikes

THOUSANDS of London Marathon runners faced chaotic trips to the capital during yesterday’s rail strikes.

Many were forced to change their plans as workers from the RMT, Aslef, Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association walked out.

Many London Marathon runners were forced to change plans with the rail strikes this weekend

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Many London Marathon runners were forced to change plans with the rail strikes this weekend
No trains today running from Ely, Cambs

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No trains today running from Ely, Cambs

And services are not expected to resume until 9am today — just half an hour before the 26-mile run starts.

Runner Katie Redfern, 39, from Exeter, Devon, had to drive to London with her husband and kids.

The NHS worker said: “I am anxious about running the marathon so it is adding to my worries.

“Choosing to strike this weekend was the wrong decision.”

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RMT chief Mick Lynch, said: “We don’t want to inconvenience the public and we’re really sorry that that’s happening.

“Whenever we strike, it’s going to inconvenience people. We would much rather have a settlement.”

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