London Marathon media centre named after Vikki Orvice

Vikki Orvice was uppermost in many journalists’ minds on Sunday following an unprecedented tribute at the London Marathon.

Vikki, who died two months ago after a long battle with breast cancer, was the athletics correspondent of The Sun until her tragic and premature death.

She started reporting on the London Marathon in 2000 and it was marketing and communications director Penny Dain’s idea to mark her passing at this year’s event.

Penny Dain and Ian Ridley

Husband Ian Ridley posted on social media: “What a weekend for her… Her beloved Sheffield United promoted and the naming of the London Marathon media centre after her. All very bitter sweet. So happy for her, and proud of her, but of course she’s not here to share it with and to see how much people thought of her. It would be lovely to think that maybe she can somehow see and does somehow know. #MissingYouV

There was a similar tribute to Vikki at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow thanks to Jayne Pearce, who said: “Vikki was a tenacious and admired trailblazer, ever a source of fun and mischief, a loyal friend, a colleague who is greatly missed but will be remembered as simply great.”

Ian and Jayne Pearce of Pearce International