Paula Radcliffe, the winner of the 2005 London Marathon, took a shit on the side of the road in full view of spectators and cameras
“At the 2005 London Marathon, Radcliffe won with a time of 2:17:42, a world’s best time for a women’s only race by over a minute. The race is remembered for a notorious moment towards the end when Radcliffe, hindered by runner’s diarrhoea and in need for a toilet break, stopped and defecated on the side of the road in view of the crowd and TV cameras which broadcast the incident live. After the race, she apologised to viewers and explained what happened, “”I was losing time because I was having stomach cramps and I thought ‘I just need to go and I’ll be fine’. I didn’t really want to resort to that in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Basically I needed to go. I started feeling it between 15 and 16 miles (26 km) and probably carried on too long before stopping. I must have eaten too much beforehand””. In November 2006, the incident was voted top running moment in history in the UK from a choice of ten ‘unforgettable moments’.
On 14 August 2005 at the World Championships held in Helsinki she won Britain’s only gold medal when she took the marathon title, dominating the race and setting a championship record time of 2:20:57. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya finished in second place, more than a minute behind. Radcliffe said: “”It pretty much went according to plan. If somebody had been with me at the end I think I could have pushed it up a bit more.”” She and three other British runners were also awarded third place in the team competition”