Klaxons’ Simon Taylor-Davis runs London Marathon fuelled by ‘legal high’-like caffeine jelly

Bernard Butler and Giles Peterson both also complete the annual sporting event

Klaxons guitarist Simon Taylor-Davies was among the musicians who ran the London Marathon this weekend, comparing the energy products runners consume to “legal highs”.

Taylor-Davies was among the thousands of people who ran the annual marathon in the capital yesterday (April 13). He completed the run in four hours, 20 minutes and three seconds, raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. At the time of writing, he’s responsible for raising over £2,500.

Speaking to NME prior to the race, Taylor-Davis said: “I’ve taken a break from everything, taken it easy and concentrated on training. I’ve been doing it properly, working hard. I went to register and it became very real. I was surrounded by running paraphernalia, shoes, leggings and all these energy bars.”


“They’re basically tubes of caffeinated jelly and they just make you want to go at a hundred miles an hour. These things should be classed as legal highs,” he added.

After finishing the race, the guitarist said: “I am incredibly proud to have run and helped raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. They are doing a fantastic job to raise awareness amongst men. I’m a keen runner and know what its like to be part of a group of guys. So I want to be part of this ever-growing movement of men that will help inspire change.”

Fans can still support Taylor-Davis in raising his donations by visiting his just giving page here.

Taylor-Davies managed to fit his training around work on Klaxons’ forthcoming third album ‘Love Frequency’, which is due for release on June 2.

The Klaxons guitarist isn’t the only musician who ran the marathon this weekend, also among the runners were former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler plus DJ and label owner Gilles Peterson and rising Glasgow-based producer Koreless, both of whom ran to raise money for the Steve Reid Foundation.