Readers have been congratulating a Cumbrian Olympian who was the only British athlete to finish the men’s marathon at the Tokyo games 2020.

Chris Thompson, 40, who was born down the coast in Barrow, finished the race in 54th position in a time of 2-21-29.

Fellow Brits Callum Hawkins and Ben Connor did not finish.

Lily Harwood was quick to congratulate Chris’s efforts and even suggested that the Cumbrian should be given an award in recognition of his achievement, despite not winning a medal.

She said: “He should receive a British achievers' award. Well done.”

Barbara Reeve was vocal in her support for Chris, saying: “Well done”.

Joan Briggs and Ann-Marie Houghton echoed the sentiment, congratulating Chris on his fine achievement.

They both said a hearty: “Well done.”

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge took home the gold medal, finishing in a time of 2-08-38 and defending the title he won at the Games in Rio five years ago.

By the end of the Tokyo Games Team GB were fourth in the Olympics medal table with a total of 65 medals – 22 of them gold.

The United States topped the medal table with a total of 113 medals, 39 of them gold.