21/04/2013 London Marathon


Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the 33rd annual London Marathon, as world-class runners and 36,000 fundraisers compete in one of the world's most famous races.

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One of the toughest sporting challenges. It will push you to the


limit, and then even further. No matter how fast or fit you are, the


finishing line is always sweet relief. Six days ago, though, the


finish of the Boston Marathon became a different scene as triumph


turned into terror. Today, as about the state to the streets of London


to run, to support, to cheer, their thoughts will never be far from


those critics scenes and those whose lives were irrevocably


changed. The 2013 London Marathon, a day to celebrate the strength of


the human spirit and a day to have to do to win his rise each


loudly in my face, another voice within me says, "get up and run


Good morning, and welcome to our coverage of the 33rd London


Marathon, a day that always covers the gamut of emotions but which


today has another dimension because of Boston. London once more becomes


the focal point for the sporting world, in bed -- in particular, the


iconic finish. The global running community is out in force again,


aiming for fast times, raising millions for charity and united in


a desire to conquer the 26.2 mile course. This year, they are united


in solidarity for the victims of Boston.


Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and 8- year-old Martin Richard all went to


the Boston Marathon to cheer on the finishers. They would not return


home. These were the three lives taken in Monday -- Monday's oldest


marathon in the world. 70 more were injured, 17 critically. Some lost


limbs. The images left a city shocked and bewildered as a nation


and global audience watched on in disbelief. An elite race will


forever be linked to a senseless act of terror. Today, London is


united with Boston, remembering lives lost and lives devastated.


But defiantly they displayed at Just under a week since those


heart-rending scenes in Boston. The next major global marathon is the


London Marathon. Runners are gathering here in Blackheath at the


start, and there's a sense that the response is to race to celebrate


marathon day. With me is the chief executive and the former race


director. A former runner of some distinction, can you give me a


sense of the shockwaves this has sent through the marathon


community? I think, for us, the shockwaves were at different levels.


We know the people from Boston. We work with them and we know their


staff. We know many of the people who work with the tour operators


and things like that. For us, there were so many people we were


concerned about when we heard this news. There was clearly chaos and


carnage on the TV screens. It was difficult to take it all in.


Looking back a bit now, thank God it wasn't any worse than it was. It


could have been absolutely shocking. It was really bad. Our hearts and


thoughts are with them and have been all week. Obviously, there was


the shock David talks about. Then, in Ely, in all of the reports, they


were saying, it is London next. -- immediately. How have you


responded? They were shocking pictures. They have galvanised us


to look again at our security measures. We have had an amazing


response from the police, the mayor, other agencies, but also the


community. We have had to change a bit and put some more security


measures in. What has come out of it is that we have always known


that we are valued. We now know that we are treasured. It was an


amazing response from both runners and the public. What the police


have said is there is no increased threat, but it is a sense of


reassurance of people coming to watch and support. Absolutely.


London is a city that is well used to living with these threats, as we


have known for years. We have a very practised procedure through


our police. We know that people are going to respond positively to day


and support the runners. It will be a poignant moment with the 30


seconds silence at the beginning. We have had a fantastic response


from our runners. This will be the first time I have been on the start


podium. In the park, I have been part of the scenes behind the start


area. -- in the past. I am delighted to be doing it. The


period of silence will generate an amazing response. Thank you for


your time it will best fighter in what is a busy day. We are going to


head out to the Mall, where all the attention will be. A commentary


team are based there, Steve Cram and Brendan Foster. We can get


their views now, perhaps starting with Steve Cram. Steve, you have


been here all week. You have been to the press conferences. What is


your sense of the build-up to the race this year? Jonathan, it


started in a sombre mood, as you could understand. As Dade and Nick


have said, they did a fantastic job. -- Dave. The elite athletes arrived


and everything was as normal for them. Then the press conferences


started. They got people back into the normal mode. The course


generated increased its interest. They have handled things extremely


well. The reassurance to talk about was important for everybody,


because people were coming back from Boston, journalists who were


there and coming back to London, some of the Paralympic athletes who


are taking part, and gradually they were coming back with stories. But


it was important that they had a chance to tell that. As the week


has gone on, the mood has lifted and people are looking forward to


the race. We have got a cracking day. Once everybody gets moving,


yes, we will have time to reflect, but the important thing is we are


going to have a great event today. Brendan, as I mentioned, you have


been at every single race. How different does it feel this year?


Obviously, people's thoughts are going to be before the event, and


during the silence they will be with the people of Boston. After


that, London will show - the terrorist attack, it was not an


attack on running, it was an attack on humanity. Humanity, led by the


city of London and the British public, as always, will respond and


say, we can't be stopped from doing what we want to do. People want to


go for a run and challenge themselves. They want to do the


London Marathon. They want to live their lives. This is going to be a


response to that. Obviously, there's a part of everybody's mind


referring to Boston, but London will respond and take this event to


its heart, which it has always done. It was interesting to hear them say


that they have always known that the event was loved. We do treasure


the London Marathon. The British public treasure this event. Today,


London will respond and shine. The weather is fantastic for that


response. The city will uproarious. -- look glorious. I'm sure you are


right. Just a last quick question to you, Steve. We have some elite


races for this occasion, don't we? We do. It is fitting that, while we


reflect on what happened in Boston, don't forget Boston is almost the


patriarch of great marathon races. It was the inspiration for other


cities. London is now top of the tree because it gets the best elite


fields. This year could not be better. The men's race is a stellar


field. Who knows, we might even As you can see, the runners are


starting to gather. It is a beautiful, beautiful morning, if a


bit chilly. A great sense of expectation as runners look forward


to the fruition of months and weeks of planning. Here is what is coming


up over the next five hours. In one of the greatest fields ever


assembled, Stephen Kiprotich returns to the streets where he won


Olympic marathon gold eight months ago. He is joined by Wilson Kipsang,


bronze medallist at London 2012 but when of this race last year. All


eyes, though, will be on Mo Farah. He runs a half marathon today as


part of his build-up to the full distance next year.


In the women's elite race, it is another top-class field, with an


Olympic one soon as Tiki Gelana goes head-to-head with Priscah


In the wheelchair races, David Weir will be out to follow up his amends


this -- momentous 2012 with a win here. Shelly Woods will be going


for a third win. And, of course, after the elite,


comes the masses. Over 36,000 runners will power the streets to


raise money for worthy causes. They all have a story to tell and we


forecast. There was fast on the ground this morning. My feet are


like blocks of ice! But it is warming up. You can see that the


sun is shining and the temperature will increase through the day.


Hopefully, not to warm, though. Without the wind, it should be


pretty decent running conditions once they get going. Of course, you


once they get going. Of course, you don't have to be running to take


part. You can text or tweet your Well, lots of different start


points for the London Marathon. One of them is inside Greenwich Park.


This is where Sonali Shah has based herself. She is in the bandstand.


She is discovering some of the inspiring stories of why people are


running this race. I am with Gill, who will be running


with her dyed partner. Tell us your story. The two years ago, I lost my


sight. The eye condition as a charity that I am running for today.


How much are you hoping to raise? We have raised about �20,000, so


whatever we raise today will be good. Wow! What did she like as a


partner? -- what is she like. is really good. She keeps me in the


right way and makes sure I don't injure myself. She is not just your


side, she is your support out there. Yeah, she is really good. And you


have both already run the New York Marathon last year. The yeah, it


was really good. The only thing was the horror came. We ran around


central part. -- hurricane. We ran newsreaders and one sports reader,


so fairly worth, Mike Bushell, I bet you cannot wait to get started.


I think it will be pretty warm by lunchtime, we have all trained


through the winter in sub-zero temperatures. Suddenly, on the first


day we have to run the marathon and sun comes out. This is the only time


in my life I will ever say I am pacing and Olympic athlete. Ewing


Thomas -- Iwan, he always shoots off at the start, but he will stick with


me. Whether I can rein him in is another question. Will he keep up


with you at the end, that is the thing.


Susanna, how are you doing? I feel a bit like iron man, I have a


leg that is really strapped up. I would not call it an injury, I did a


bit of overtraining, that silly thing where you go from 16 miles to


20 miles in a couple of days so my leg is not feeling 100%, but I am


definitely going to finish it. And you feel it is a day where you


have to finish the race, given what has happened?


Of course, with Boston in mind everyone has to. There was a real


feeling afterwards, we were all suffering a bit, I was out of


training for three weeks from a cough, and you think, you have to


do, you have to do this, you just have to support them, really, and


think about what they were going through. It is just absolutely


ghastly. Mike, I presume you are going to


finish ahead of your BBC compatriots, no?


No, I have seen Sophie before, she has previous form. Speedy Gonzalez.


I think there may be a challenge between the three of us, I did not


do it fast last time, but by the end I was perfectly happy with no pain.


I will push myself more this time, I just want to hit the wall.


Stick around next for the VD, it is a map of the course. Maybe it will


put you off. -- stick around next for the video next. This is what the


course of the London Marathon looks like. The course is relatively flat


and fast, although interestingly London does not have the reputation


of being one of the quickest marathons.


There are three starting points, eventually converging as the runners


head east into Charlton and Woolwich. The rent -- then turn west


before reaching the Cutty Sark, now fully restored following the fire


six years ago. The then head south as the head towards Tower Bridge, at


a landmark that is very important as they mark their progress. Tower


Bridge incredibly important as that marks halfway, 13.1 miles at this


point. It would be lovely if the runners could then turn left and


make a - for the finish, but then it turns east along the highway into


Docklands, and after a tour around the Isle of Dogs the next major


landmark is Canary Wharf at the 19 mile mark. A loop of the sparkling


skyscrapers than it is the final West turn and a long-running home.


Through Saint Catherine 's Dock then back to once the Tower of London and


Tower Bridge, along the embankment with a lovely view of the shard,


towards the London Eye, Big Ben and the houses of parliament, passed


Buckingham Palace, onto the Mall and then they have done it. The tried


and tested route of the London Marathon, and in ten minutes the


first athletes on it will be the elite women. Phil Jones has a gauge


to these contenders. The streets of London where paved


with gold for Tiki Gelana last summer as she ran to Olympic


marathon success. Chasing her down will be Priscah Jeptoo, who took


silver last August. Florence Kibler gap's victory in the 2011 burial in


Madison demonstrated she is capable of a podium finish having been


fourth year a year ago. -- the 2011 burial in marathon.


After victory on her debut, Edna Kiplagat finished third last year.


Bank on these to be leading when the women hit the Mall.


Part of our commentary team down on the Mall is Paula Radcliffe, who


knows a thing or two about running the London Marathon. What do you


make of those leading contenders? Who would be your favourite?


It is a very strong field, my favourite would be Tiki Gelana. The


way that she made her debut in Rotterdam, she ran very fast time,


but also for the way she ran in the Olympics. She says she is in better


shape than for the Olympics, so she would be the favourite. Edna


Kiplagat behind her and Florence, also, is an outside shot. Florence


is a little more up and down than Edna, she is a consistent performer.


How do you feel Tiki Gelana will choose to run this?


That will be interesting to see. When the race goes off we will get a


feel for how they are going to run this. For me it is perfect


conditions today, not the wind there has been earlier in the week,


temperature wise it is pretty much perfect for running. They may attack


hard from the start, they may decide to watch each other and play around


a bit more then start running faster from halfway. It is difficult to


tell how they are going to go until we see the first couple of miles.


Well, Paula, obviously it is great to have you in the commentary box,


but we will chat about your injuries and a second, first look back to


Kenya as a go at what you did here at the London Marathon.


There is no better example of distance running than what we see


from Paula Radcliffe. She is the best in the world at this


event. Paula Radcliffe, pushing back the


barriers. It is an absolute joy and a pleasure


and a privilege to watch Paula Radcliffe.


This woman really is a phenomenon If I could stand up, I would applaud


like everyone else because you are seeing a new world record from Paula


Radcliffe, a fantastic performance, the best yet. Unbelievable.


Well, Paula, it really was a remarkable performance, difficult to


see it ever being broken to be honest. All we want to know is what


is your fitness like? I know you have had an operation, could you


give us an update on whether you will ever run again in London?


Happily for me I have been able to get back jogging in the last couple


of weeks. It is really slow but moving in the right direction. I am


just happy to be at that stage, I am taking it step-by-step at the moment


to see what level I can get back to. It doesn't change what I am doing at


the moment, it is getting my foot better each day. Being here this


morning and standing on the Mall, it is the first time I have ever stood


here, I have using -- usually been running as hard as I could do that


finish line. It is a unique experience this morning.


OK, Pollock continues, good luck with the rehabilitation. -- Paula


Radcliffe continues. From one world record holder to another one, Colin


Jackson has been rubbing shoulders with the elite athletes.


From inside this tent, the winners are gathered up and escorted to the


start line, and this is where the final checks will take place.


Usually inside there tends to be a lot of tension, but not in there,


and I think that is because they had 26 miles in front of them - no need


for attention whatsoever. This room is around with talent. We have the


will Olympic champion and bookies favourite, just putting her numbers


on and spikes, Tiki Gelana. She is not the only one who has gone under


two hours and 20 minutes, there are three others saw it will be a very


competitive race in deed. As far as I am concerned, these are more


nervous, anxious, ready to go, and before they do I think I had better


go. I will see you shortly. Here is the timetable for the races


this morning. The elite women's race featuring the Olympic champion off


featuring the Olympic champion off at 9am. At 9:20am the wheelchair


race, look out for David Weir going for his record seventh win. Just


after that, the IPC world marathon cup, featuring Richard Whitehead.


The elite men's race and the masses start at 10am, and from 1230 PM we


will be focusing on the fun runners will be focusing on the fun runners


and London Marathon stories. The women are there on the start


line, and they will be looking forward to get off as as soon as


possible, and I wonder who it will be that will add to this list Reus


list of former winners. -- illustrious list.


At a horrific finish. We make our one second inside the previous world


best. -- at terrific finish. This is Paula Radcliffe, well and truly on


top form. This has been a superb performance, she wins the London


Marathon 2008. Mary Keitany, stunning performance


elite women, and good morning to our commentary team once again, Paula


Radcliffe and Brendan Foster, Steve Cram.


Thank you Jonathan, good morning to everyone on this beautiful morning.


The masses race, of course, when we will all be paying our respects to


the events in Boston earlier on in the week, just less than a week


ago. Before all of that happens, the elite women get to set off first.


Looking resplendent in the sunshine, and we have mentioned some of the


great names who will be competing today. There is the full list for


the elite field, headed up by many people's favourite, Tiki Gelana, the


Olympic champion. Priscah Jeptoo will go very well, I think, also.


Meselech Melkamu, an old hand on the track. A big Japanese contingent,


they are using this as the trial for the world Championships in Moscow


later this year. As indeed are the two British women, Amy Whitehead and


early hours this morning, but the sun is warming things up, and as


Paula Radcliffe was saying, perfect for fast running on what is still a


pretty quick course around London. It may not be the quickest in the


world but is one of them. Let us introduce you to the main


contenders. ANNOUNCER: Representing Kenya, Florence Kibler Gatt.


She made her debut in October, she is a multiple world track and cross


country medallist, Meselech Melkamu. Then the reigning world champion,


Edna Kiplagat. Winning 113 -- 113, the Olympic silver medallist from


London 2012 representing Kenya, Priscah Jeptoo. And a big reception


please for the Olympic champion from London 2012, representing Ethiopia,


Tiki Gelana. We are ready to run our first race of today in the elite


women's field. The announcer doing wonderful introductions, I already


-- always feel sorry for the elite women as there is not many people to


see them start, so they are applauding themselves, really. A


little bit of an issue for them when this elite field gets going, they


will have no company, the road will be clear, and as the group breaks up


they will be hoping one or two of the pacemakers, David Bedford and


Dave Best will be the chief starter today. He said he is very honoured


to be doing that job. You can see him on the right-hand side. The race


starter is former world record-holder David Bedford.


Still being an organiser, checking his own watch making sure he does


not set them away early. The virgin London Marathon 2013 is


under way, the elite women with what promises to be a wonderful race


you never know what to expect. We have these Olympic and world


champions. Gounod's what we are going to see in the next few hours.


-- who knows. It was great to see the race director on the start line.


He has been responsible for taking the elite side of the London


Marathon and making it a truly international, probably the best


the elite field in the world. And the field is outstanding. We are


usually talking about corner being in the front. -- Paula Radcliffe.


You must feel terrible sitting there! Recently I have been sitting


alongside you rather than being out there. Obviously, I would rather be


out there. But still, if you can't be out there, the next best place


to be is appreciating the race here. It was interesting to listen to


some of the build up. I believe London is a fast course. I think it


has got the best crowd in the world, the best city. It is extremely


quick. It depends how you commit to the race. One thing I would say is


that because of the strength of the field, what we see is people


looking around at each other and not getting the head down and


getting on with the race. As we are seeing, we have got the three


pacemakers in the black and white stripes, and they have been asked


to go through halfway in 69.15. At the moment my it does not look as


though the field is keen to go with that. That is Gelana there from


Ethiopia, who is trying to get there but is not quite on the back


of the pacemakers. She seems to be looking around to see if anybody is


prepared to come with her. BRENDAN FOSTER: The record books do


not say it is a slow course. The record has been standing for 10


years. STEVE CRAM: if you are watching the


clip off Paula Radcliffe winning when she did the superb time, which


is still the official world record, although the rules have changed a


bit. The women are not allowed to have any pacemakers at all. Any


records set going for it have to be done in a women-only race. -- going


why the pacemakers head off and the field do not follow, they are asked


to go at a certain pace, they are getting paid to do that and they


will stick to what they have been asked to do. If they are sensible,


they will keep an eye on them. There's three levels of pace. You


can see a couple of groups breaking up. The British pair, Amy White


head and Susan Partridge, and I should say there are others in the


field - you can get in this elite race and be so far adrift of what


is going on the front, you may be better off in the main race.


have got a new white head who is taking the early start to day but


one race a few years ago. It is going to be more dribble around you


in the mass raids. You are going to have a bit more of an atmosphere. -


- more people. The danger of being on the elite start is that it does


start to spread out. After seven or eight miles, you may be running on


your own for a long time. It is not a big field here and it has already


broken down into three distinct groups. So, the pacemakers have


been set to bring them home in under 2.19. In these early stages,


he looks like they are not particularly interested. -- it


looks. They are letting the pacemakers drift away. That is not


what we want to see. Gelana has talked about the shape she is in.


Quite a few of these athletes, Gelana included, had intended to


run the New York marathon in November. The plans changed because


they were all in New York and the hurricane hit, meaning the race was


cancelled. She has not run a marathon since then. She has done a


half marathon. She elected not to substitute New York. Some others


did. Seat turned her attention to London. She is hoping for a good


performance. She has decided to sit off the pace a little early. It is


not a bad thing. The first few miles can be the quickest of the


course, especially through miles two and three. I feel silly saying


this Mr Paula Radcliffe, but some athletes like to settle into the


race, don't they? -- next to Paula Radcliffe. They do. You see how


your body is reacting. In the last few days, they may have done some


jogging and stretching. You come to the Starline making short you are


into the race with a time in mind. I did, the last two times. The


first time I didn't have a time in mind and really felt it in the


first few miles. It was around Cutty Sark that I started to get


moving. When I was attacking Times, I was already thinking about what I


wanted here. Some athletes come to events like this to run a good time.


Susan Partridge there. She is running with a time in mind. She is


trying to get a qualifying time for the world championships later this


year in Moscow. When you look at the main group, you can see the


calibre of the athletes, you have got the world champion and the


Olympic silver medallist, you have got the Frankfurt marathon runner,


and therefore, sometimes the idea of a time does out the window. This


is a race that you want to try and win. If this is a race that you


want to watch exclusively, and of course we were lucky to stay with


us, but on our red button, we are trying to give a chance for


everybody to see what they want. You can get full coverage of the


conditions here. The elite and a mass start is at 10am. This is what


is still to come. David Weir was one of the heroes of London 2012,


with four Paralympic gold medals. Today, he looks to secure his


seventh London win. Wilson Kipsang is one of the fastest of all time.


He starts as favourite as he looks to defend his London title.


Anything can happen in sport, just ask Stephen Kiprotich, the surprise


champion last year. And all eyes will be on Britain's double gold


medallists, Mo Farah. He is just running a half marathon today as he


builds up to the full event next is Andrew Strauss and his wife,


Ruth. Ruth, I start with you. You must have been a cricketing widow


for many years. Andrew retires in September, you sit down, you say,


let's run a marathon?! Was it like that? No, it was a drunken evening


at a brewery night. Andy was convinced by one of our friends to


run. I thought, I'm going to have a bit of that as well. It has been


just seven months since you have retired, Andrew. It seems longer,


to be honest. How has it been? has been relaxed. I have had a bit


of time at home. It has been nice not to have to be so disciplined.


The marathon training has taken over from that a bit. It has been a


good process for us to go through together, all of those training


runs and getting ready for this. We are so excited to get out there and


do it now. Are you going to run together every step? Absolutely


not! He will be finishing faster than I am. And a word about your


charity. The aim is to give disadvantaged kids a sporting


chance. Having been so fortunate to play sport for a living, it is a


charity that is close to my heart. We are delighted to support them.


look forward to speaking to you at the finish, a bit more dishevelled,


I would imagine. Over to Sonali. I'm with two gentleman who are also


raising money for the same charity. They are running today in memory of


the 1981 Ashes hero, their father, Graham Dili. I know both of you are


into your cricket. But why run in his memory? Running is something I


have not been particularly good at. We know our dad would be looking


down, having a chuckle at us running 26.2. We thought that would


be what we would go for. It is a big event and something we can tear


ourselves towards. How much are you hoping to raise? Our initial target


was �2,000 each. Anything after that will go to the hospice where


our dead spent his final days, which we both think is a good cause.


It will really honour his memory. If you are both not natural runners,


how has the training been going? came into it with a few injuries.


We have had to do it with that in mind. It has been going OK. It is a


wonderful thing to do. We will be cheering you on. Thank you.The


don't forget, you can watch the women's race live.


We are going to start the build up to the wheelchair race now. It


features the greatest racer of all time, David Weir. He likes to race


once. Winning it six times is a dream come true. I hope to win it


be going for a seventh title. I never thought that. I never even


thought I would meddle in the Paralympics. The confidence of


winning, that is when you get confidence in everything. You have


to have challenges in training. It has been the worst winter I had


experience. The called wind, some such as I got back and felt like


crying. -- cold wind. I'd dug deep and got through it. I feel


refreshed after the Games. I feel motivated, steal. I think I am in


better shape than I was going into the last London Marathon. All of


the top guys have done Button and they have come to do London, and


they are in good shape. The field is the toughest I have seen. They


have been racing all over the world. I can never judge myself. I can in


training, but against other shouting out who know me. This year,


it is going to be everybody down the Mall. Even the bits that are


quieter, people are going to be seeing last race. I have got a new


helmet. It has got a designer wear off on the front. It is fantastic.


-- werewolf. You can see it from a to the Mall now, where Tanni is.


to the Mall now, where Tanni is. Would you like to see him break


your record? I would, actually. He deserves it. I have known him since


he was seven years old. He has always had such a natural talent.


It didn't matter how many times people told him, it was about six


years ago that he realised he had it himself. He has gone from


strength to strength. The competitor in the, if I was able to


compete, I would not want him to have the record. But there's


nothing to get me back into a chair to do the time. If anybody is going


to take it, I am happy that it is David. We are focusing on David,


but the field is loaded. Last year, it was almost a blanket finish. It


is going to be tough for him. David has been saying all week that


it depends on how the pack chooses to compete. In the past, there's


been attempts to break him, but not consistently making it hard. If


anybody else wants to win, they have to make the first 10


kilometres hard for David. He covers every break. He doesn't tend


to go to the front and pull hard. With the numbers, there's 20 guys


in the elite race crew could all finished close together. They can't


Wood, silver in London, perhaps disappointing. How do you fancy hard


chances? She is really strong, she needs to


race completely different tactics to David, she does not want a sprint


finish, so she will have to make it very hard early on for the rest of


the women, that is where she is most successful. It is very interesting


to see how the American athletes will work together. You have Tatyana


MacFadden and Amanda McGrory, they train together and are based out of


the University of note -- University of Illinois. They will want to make


sure they have a good race and make it hard for her.


Thank you very much, we will hear from you and Paul Dickenson shortly,


but let's head back to the women's kilometres and are sitting back a


bit, the pacemakers are ten seconds ahead. In fact, 14 seconds ahead of


this group. They are all looking at each other, they have slowed down,


the pacemakers have slowed because this group of talented women in


these early stages are not up for a fast race today. The first five


kilometres time of 16.2 to is not particularly quick, at all. --


16.22. Susan Partridge is a little further ahead in 123, there is Amy


Whitehead, she has had plenty of injuries in the past. More of her


shortly but we are back to the start for the start of the wheelchair


race. It certainly is elite in every sense


of the word in terms of times achieved in the pass and races one.


-- in the past. Let us just pause for the introductions to both the


men and first of all the women. ANNOUNCER: Shirley Reilly. Alongside


her, she won three track golds at London 20 -- London 2012, the Boston


champion, Tatyana MacFadden. In absolutely brilliant form this


year as she was last year, too. And the Powerline -- Paralympic


silver medallist and defending champion in the London Marathon,


Shelly Woods. She holds the course record jointly with Amanda McGrory


of the USA. In the men's raced, para -- Paralympic silver medallist,


Marcel Hug. Alongside him, from Japan, 2013 Boston Marathon


champion, the 2012 Tokyo champion, Hiroyuki Yamamoto.


A real marathon specialist. And stand-by for six times


champion, four times Paralympic gold medallist for Great Britain, it is


the where Wilf, David Weir. Loud cheers, by the time he gets to


the Mall, the cheers will be absolutely deafening. Re-energised


after his Paralympic exploits last year.


And our starter is David Bedford. David Bedford in just a moment we'll


send them on their way. Jenny Archer, David Weir's coach, will be


down there watching. They have a plan, they were round Richmond Park


yesterday for a two-mile train, and he said everything has been going as


according to plan. I way we go with the men's and


women's elite wheelchair race... Conditions look absolutely perfect.


I am not sure how much wind is on the course. Like so many of the


elite athletes and the Paralympic athletes, the heat is not going to


be a problem at the moment, unless it heats up dramatically later on.


All eyes will be on David Weir, sporting that new helmet. He is just


tucked in behind the leader. Things are promising to be fascinating, and


certainly David Weir should be in the leading group by the time we get


to the Mall in just over an hour and a half's time.


Perfect weather conditions for the wheelchair race today. The fact it


is dry and warm it means there is much less debris on the road,


athletes have struggled with punctures in the past in London, and


I am pleased to see David Weir is wearing his team GB kit. There are


some parts of the Coast -- course that are very fast and it is hard to


pinpoint the athletes, and I think what will be brilliant will be the


amount of support David and Shelly Woods will get, which will be


irritating for everyone competing against them.


There are three main protagonists for the wheelchair race, Ernst Van


Dyk, multi-marathon winner at -- around the world. Kurt Fearnley, of


Australia, who is the course record holder from 2009. The great Heinz


Frei and Marcel Hug, as well. The field is packed full of talent,


isn't it? It is the best men's field we have ever had in the wheelchair


race. As David said in his interview, most


of them have come from LA and Boston, and David is choosy about


how he races, which I think is very smart, but it means they will be


watching out for him. If you women's race, as well come incredibly strong


in terms of personal bests and how the raced. It will be interesting to


see how Tatiana performance. She had so many punctures at the madness --


Olympic marathon she will be wanting to show what she can do in London.


We have the International Paralympic committee athletics marathon World


Cup, featuring a number of Paralympic champions, world


champions and world-record holders. The indomitable Richard Whitehead,


double amputee, his best time for the marathon is the world record at


2: 42. He won the Paralympic 200 metres title in the stadium just up


the road from here. Incredible cheers, I way we go. Richard


Whitehead on the far side. We have some very good Brazilian athletes in


the single amputee class, as well. We have visually impaired athletes,


too, running with Gaidar runners. Yes, you can see that the games are


winning orange, and it is tough for the men to get Gaidar runners quick


enough. It is crucial to make sure the guides are in the right place to


swap over. You can see they are running with tethers, some will run


very close some will run further at a distance. This is a really strong


move by Nayland in marathon, because weather has been a very competition


opportunity for the wheelchair racers, there has not been that for


the Blind and visually impaired athletes. It is a massive -- a


massive opportunity for the Olympics and world championships to have the


world-class and elite field Morocco. Tim Prendergast from New


Zealand, a real hero in that country, solitary representative in


the key 42 /43 category, Richard Whitehead. He is one of the fastest


in the field. There are some of the single amputee is there. Lendner It


is a very strong athlete from Germany, he has won every title


going. Chris Hammer from the United States is a very strong athlete,


too. That race will unfold in due course and we will try and keep tabs


on it and give you an update, certainly on Richard Whitehead's


progress, because he will be instantly recognisable by the


Lots of different events taking part as the day progresses, and of course


the mini marathon, so much part of marathon day now, the likes of Mo


Farah in the past have won this race. We will see name-3-macro later


on. A chance for some of our bright young stars to show the pace, as


well. A great day for them, we will bring you a full report later of all


the winners in the different age groups. They are all just finishing


right in front of us as we sit in the Mall and await the women's elite


and men's elite. The main race off at 10am, but the women are well into


the race. It has been up and down, the pacemakers have had a hard job


to judge this. The group did not seem that Keaton, they have waited


and allowed them to get back together. The first five commenters


was... Not exactly slow, but around the 2: 20, Mark, which is slower


than they had asked for. This is a big race to win, we have Olympic


champions, world champions in here, there is a wad of kudos. It is not


about recklessly going after times. Certainly, they are not recklessly


going after times. The pacemakers have drifted back. But if you look


at the calibre of these athletes, victory is not pursued. There is no


clear outstanding favourite. The Olympic champion may not be the


favourite here. She has a competitive race, it will be


competitive, and it is good to see them in this manner. It is good to


see the two Japanese athletes, both joined that leading group, which


tells you the pace is a little bit of what they were talking about


beforehand. There is Florence Kibler Gatt, the Olympic silver medallist


is looking good beer, and various Tiki Gelana, just relaxing in the


middle of the group, very comfortable there, running here in


London after having won the Olympics in London in completely different


conditions. The Olympic Games was a downpour, soaking wet, and we all


got wet, but it was a great race. You never stop complaining, did you?


We just noticed that mail was 5.51, and that is a very small mile.


That is a very small -- slow mile. It is usually one of the faster


miles. That explains why you have seen the groups bunched together.


The Japanese girls are back on the back of the pack and the group


behind is getting closer, too. Just information for the British girls


coming through five K, Susan Partridge was through in about 16.59


with Amy Whitehead behind her. They are running about 223 pace -- 2.23


pace, which is very good for them. Susan Partridge from the West Coast


of Scotland, she has been in Boulder training, and Amy Whitehead with


her. We are picking up some tips from the great Steve Jones, helping


awkward action, everyone knows about it, although you probably saw it as


a good effect appeal begins, as well. She has a gap around her,


people keep out of the way, and both Tiki Gelana and Edna Kiplagat, when


they won the Olympic and World Championship titles, both fell


during the race and got up and won the toilets are record-breaking, it


would seem! They are all bursting. That is the pre-match nerves. Let's


head back to Greenwich Park. I am with rusty, who will be


running with her daughter. I know it is not polite to ask your age,


but I am going to. This is something to be proud of. I am 72.


It is my first marathon. That is amazing. Everybody should try it.


And you have been training together? Not entirely. We have


been keeping in touch through technology. Rusty, I assume you


want to encourage people to get out there and run at any age? Yes, much


better than washing up! Better exercise as well. Best of luck to


today. I am with three people who competed there. Thank you for


joining us. Rosie, where were you when the bomb went off? I had


finished and I was just past the finish. I was in central Boston. It


was an incredible day. We have been overwhelmed by the people of Boston,


and how they treated us on the day. They did all they could to look


after us even though they were hurting. Keith, it is difficult to


put into words what you must have felt. It goes against the whole


spirit of what a marathon day is about. Absolutely. Marathons are


about people coming together, on both sides of the barrier. It is


normally amazing. That was partly ruined in Boston. It's up to us to


put some of that back and say we are better than this. Craig, I


think I am right to say that you had not anticipated running in


London. No, no, I planned not to. I had a number but it was as a back-


up in case anything happened in terms of getting to Boston. But


actually, it had the opposite effect. It inspired me to come down


here and use my run and raise money for the victims. You are winning


your T-shirts proudly. What kind of response have you had? A few people


on the tube had asked. They thought we lived in Boston. But yeah, a


good feeling and goodwill. Everybody is United to day out


there. -- United today. Poignantly, you are wearing your black ribbons.


It is so much in our mind, the people who have been hurt in this


thing. What I want to do today is to thank the supporters of Boston.


When I finished the race, the first thing I said was, it was the best


supported marathon I have ever been at. The supporters are so selfless.


They are the people who don't get any glory. They just come and help


other people. I just want to honour them by doing this. Thank you for


doing this. I know it will be tough, but all the best. All of the


runners will be wearing those black ribbons. Let's head back out of


them to the cause. -- out onto the conditions over the skyline of


London. The wheelchair racers have already gone through five


kilometres in a brisk nine minutes. Yamamoto is in the lead, just ahead


of David Weir. The distinctive helmet there of the giant man from


South Africa, Ernst Van Dyk. David we're just keeping close order to


the leader. That is going to be important for him. -- David Weir.


The course is deceptive. There's a lot of little ups and downs.


Yamamoto had strung everybody out, and then on the flat they have all


come back together again. Dave is reacting to other people. He is


very good. He is watching everybody, making sure he is not blocked. He


is in a great position right now. STEVE CRAM: look at the view on


this spectacular day in London. Cutty Sark has been such a big part


of the marathon. It is sitting there, resplendent in the sunshine.


I can tell you that the pace continues to slow, really. The 10


kilometre mark there. The group is pretty slow over the last five


kilometres. They don't seem to want to push this on all. The pacemakers


keeper trying to push them. I think they have decided that the pace is


whatever it is. The pacemakers can do what they want. But we have got


some great athletes here. There are big prizes to be one. It is part of


the world were Arathoon majors. -- marathon majors. The overall time


will become more relevant towards the end of the event. Here, they


are not so interested. You sense here that the crowds of London are


responding, as we thought they might, but coming out in all of


their glory. Look at the Cutty Sark. What a landmark this is. What a


place to watch it. It is going to get more busy as the next couple of


hours tick by. It is an amazing place to run. When I came through


the first time, I could not believe the atmosphere around here. These


guys are having a big party out there and we run through the middle


of it. It really gives the runners a boost. I remember coming out the


other side with a gap I had not intended to build. I had to keep


going on that, because once you have a gap, you have to not looked


back. You can see the pacemakers are getting on a chair. -- on edge


here. They don't know whether to push on all wait for the group.


Pushing on are the two British athletes. They are running away


inside their personal best at the moment. They are running around


2.25 pace, which has a quick start for them. Let's hope they have


judged it right. The crowds will only billed as they wait in


anticipation for the main race. -- built. That is one of the big


vantage points on the route. Just starting to break up a bit, that


group. A couple of the Japanese athletes are dropping off the back.


well. She will know the crowds. It is different when you have to come


and race. Jeptoo, with that awkward style, at the back. Just getting a


sense that things are starting to pick up. As the African athletes


pull away, there's Susan Partridge. She is running a really good race,


as Steve said. She has got good company there. She was to keep an


eye on hearse blitz. -- fraiche she marathon running. It would be great


to see Susan Partridge run well, qualify for the World Championships.


Look at this level. Formidable athletes, every one of them in this


group. Good knowledge of one numbers together for you through


that 10 kilometre point. The pace they are running at the front is


well outside to 0.20. It is about to 0.23 or something. -- 2.23 or


something. There we go. Ignore the very well. There's Amy Whitehead.


Just in front of her art two Japanese athletes. Just leading the


group is the kind of pace Amy Whitehead is setting out at. She is


wanting to run with other people. You don't want to get cast adrift


for too long. Hopefully, she hasn't runners are getting ready. Not long


to go, about 20 minutes until the mass start. All sorts of ways of


preparing. He will look like that at the finish as well! Let me start


with you, Kelly. You are running for the official charity. This is a


team run. We are combating isolation and loneliness in the


older generation. The younger generation can skill older people


to be more communicative on the internet. Most older people only


have a TV to communicate with the world. Helping them to get on the


internet helps them. We got the idea! I am a bit nervous!Let me


come to you three. Was this a holly Oaks thing. -- Hollyoaks thing?


There's a few of us. I am the odd one out. I am running for the Roy


Castle Foundation. These guys did it last year. It has been fantastic


already. Let me come to you, Kelly. How has the training been? It is a


bit harder and longer. But it is enjoyable. When you have done a 20


mile run, it feels good afterwards. I never thought I would achieve


something like this. This time last year, I was out of the Olympics and


had prolapsed two discs. This might be the start of my Hon -- marathon


career! I want to enjoy this one. You don't know what to expect with


the first one. Hopefully a nice, sensible time that I can break


missed here. These guys are going to be competitive. I am not sure


who is going to win between them but it is going to be intense. Here


April and added a bronze at the Olympics. After placing third in


2011, injury forced Patrick Makau to drop out mid- race last year. A


former winner of the Berlin marathon, he will be a force to


reckon with. Just like Geoffrey Mutai, he can point to previous


excesses by way of his credentials. Leading the Ethiopian champion --


challenge is this runner. His compatriot, Ayele Abshero, made his


debut last year, setting a blistering pace. Stephen Kiprotich


brought the curtain down on last summer's Olympics with gold on the


final day. It was the first such medal for Uganda in 40 years,


giving him a national hero status. What a time to find the best to


have ever done. Those qualities could see him take the tape again


because he is not a contender, is Mo Farah. He has been speaking to


I am doing half the race. It is to a chance to practise. And not there


to destroy the race or cause a problem. I'm just to learn.


yes! Next year, I'm going to do the full marathon. This year, I'm just


going out, enjoying it, doing all of this stuff, the press and the


media. It is not just, you know, Mo is going to come here and run.


the mind going? If I didn't enjoy it, I have been training for five


kilometres and 10 kilometres. I'm only going to do what my team


planned for May. Straight up the race, I will see how I feel. We


will know what we need to work on. For me, it will be great. I will


learn about the opposition as well. You have to think, how is he


looking? Is he looking good there? Do I need to make a move? People


should not lose sight of the fact that your focus is the world


championships on the track. I would like to be able to go out there and


try to win that race more than anything else. That is what is on


Are you going to have fun with this? People will be supporting just you.


I want people to support the leading guys, because the pace that they go


at is ridiculous. This year is the strongest it has ever been. There


are so many guys that run 2: 04, just going up and up.


Mate, if you have any money to wager, put it on the Mo Farah


foundation, a great cause, I am not going to finish the race, I will


tell you that for sure. It will be a race with multiple storylines, Mo


being one of them. Let us go back to the women's elite


race with the commentary team, Steve, Paula and Stephen. Steve, let


us get the Mo question out of the way. He is in the middle of a storm


he never anticipated. I did not criticise, it was Paula,


not me. It is great for the event that he is here. It is great for the


people of London, but just as athletes we sometimes think why


would you want to do something like that that will be hard work today,


they will go very fast, and he will have all of that great rehearsal but


he will be tired at the end of it and come back next year and have to


do the whole thing. That is the question, why didn't he run the


second-half? Why would you ever wanted to do that? That is one of my


points. He could find himself of being the position for that Michael


being a pacemaker for one of his future rivals setting a world


record. I think he will enjoy it today. He


said he is going to put drinks out. He has been enjoying going around


the Hotel watching everything going on. I think he has learned from


that. I would like to see him take it a little easy after the first few


miles. I think you are all getting a little too technical.


At the end of the day, he is double world champion comedy can do what he


wants. He is a pioneer, if he says he can learn something next year.


Good luck, Mo, good to see you, we will see you on the track next


summer. We hope that he has a good


experience today and that he comes back next year, because we all think


he is capable of having a great London Marathon.


Absolutely, he will have a great experience, he has run the mini


marathon before, but that is not the same as the actual marathon. He will


get a feel for that and I think it will give him an even bigger buzz to


go and train really hard for next year.


He mentioned he was 25-1, Brendan and I always like to look at the


and I always like to look at the odds. Let us have a look for you. At


the front it is about Wilson Kipsang, everyone expecting the man


who should have won the Olympic title last year. Geoffrey Mutai, the


true world record-holder, Patrick Makau. Irvette van Zyl is a good


bet, and a little further down, the Olympic champion, 14-1, would you?


You sound like the William Hill betting adviser now. There is my �20


that will see Mo Farah will win in the near future.


Can use what those flies that came out from his wallet? -- can you


support those flies. Today he is only going to run half


of it and we will enjoy that, as I had a pack of questions prepared


but I did not really need them, did I? Let us head back to the elite ten


now with Colin Jackson. I mentioned the women's tent was


full of talent, but arguably here we have the best meal marathon runners


on the planet. We have former winners here participating today,


and if you listen to rumours buzzing around, they are looking at a


winning time around 2: 04, which is mind-boggling. We all know the story


about Mo Farah, these guys are preparing for the final onslaught,


while people like Scott Overall in the back, he wants another good


marathon under his belt. There is a lot of excitement here in this tent,


so I am going to vanish and I will see you shortly on the course.


JONATHAN EDWARDS: What a picture that is and it is not long to go to


the start of the elite men's race and the masses, and they cant wait,


they have been waiting a long time, they are getting cold.


The women have been going for a good a little bit, the wheelchair


athletes going past them as they passed the 15 kilometre mark, the


pace has picked up. That mean group still very much together, no one


trying to break away from it. It did look like Edna Kiplagat was moving


on. That is an aid station, that was Tiki Gelana that went down there.


The wheelchair athletes came alongside, the women were looking


for the banks and stepped across. Let us have a look at that. This


happens so much melodies, we have seen people fall at stations. The


Olympic champion cuts rate across, does not see the wheelchair athlete


on the inside, I hope she is not part, the guys seem OK. Everyone is


looking around to see what is going on, we think that Tiki Gelana may


have stopped. She is still back there, I think. There she is. Thank


goodness she is still running, that will not have helped at all, that


was a very heavy fault. That was really nasty, she did not see the


wheelchair is that had snapped through on the inside to make sure


they got their bottles. Edna Kiplagat actually stopped,


calmly walked across to check her bottle, then started by running. I


think she escaped, that was an ASCII fall and will not have helped if she


has hit her hip in any way. That will put her off her stride. They


were not running at a fast pace. -- that was amassed a fall.


We have seen that, haven't we two elite field, only ten athletes, the


stations are brilliantly organised, but we have seen it too many times,


to be honest. Sometimes it is the organisation, but in this case I


think it was the athletes. They know where the stations are, there are


markings, they have to gauge the effort, they have there own specific


drinks on those feeds stations, and it needs more attention. It is great


to see Tiki Gelana, the other big campaign, back in action. She slowed


down and came back to the group. -- the Olympic champion.


For me that was marshalling error, they should have told the the


wheelchair's work coming through. It can catches by surprise when they


come through. Tanni, what did you make of that?


I have been in a similar situation, the chairs are coming in and you try


and show to head to let them know which side you are on.


It is really tough. Certainly when I was doing it, the elite women's fine


with all the photographers on it would be shouting to make sure the


Drama there, let us hope that does not influence the outcome of the


race. We will focus now on the men's race and the chance for one of them


to enter into London's history And the old record is going to be


broken by over a minute. Martin Lel makes a bit of history


and London 2008. under way, I will head to the finish


and leave you in the capable hands of our commentary team led by Steve


watching, these scenes are white people tune in. The elite field at


the front is always one of the stories, there are so many out


there, we will be looking forward to seeing Wilson Kipsang, Patrick


Makau, the world record-holder. Scott Overall, the number one


British runner. Of course, Mo Farah, through the first half. I think


today is really about the rest of the field and the rest of the


marathon world. I read one quote this week from someone who ran in


Boston saying, the reason marathons are so popular is we have become


addicted to not just overcoming our physical limits but the way these


personal victories come together, and I think never has the world of


marathon running been sewed together as it has been this week. Everyone


is wearing black ribbons and in a moment there will be a few words


from the organisers on the broadcast system to organise those waiting to


take part, and then there will be 30 seconds of silence and a chance to


reflect and remember the events of ANNOUNCER: Marathon running is a


global sport, uniting runners and athletes on every continent in


pursuit of a common challenge and in the spirit of fellowship and


friendship. This week, the world Marathon family was shocked and


saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon. In a few moments, a


whistle will sound and we will join together in silence to remember our


friends and colleagues, for whom a day of joy turned into a day of


sadness. Let us know sure our respect and support for the victims


Perfectly observed, and I saw one other comment that said, if you are


trying to break the human spirit, marathon runners are the wrong group


to pick on. All sorts of stories out there today, and all will be


thinking of those affected in Boston. To the front, there is Mo


ANNOUNCER: Wearing number five, the 2010 virgin London Marathon


champion, from Ethiopia, Tsegaye bronze medallist and the defending


marathon champion from Kenya, Wilson Kipsang.


Wearing number two, the fastest man in history, the world record-holder


Marathon Majors champion, when in New York, Boston and Berlin, from


please welcome your race starter. Under his stewardship, �500 million


were raised for charity. The former world record-holder for 10,000


ready to go. Now we get on with the athletes and the 36,000 others to


show their respect but also to show what they can do. A beautiful day


in London. The crowds have not been ago. The great Chris Brasher


watched and came home, and in the road, to believe this story, you


must believe the human race to be one joyous group. He set up this


race. They have done a brilliant job of turning the London Marathon


into perhaps the best in the world. It is nice but they are reflecting


that it did start in America, and the Boston Marathon, the patriarch


of the world marathons, is in all of our thoughts. They are on their


way now. It will take a good 10, 15 minutes or so for them or to cross


the redstart. They are all eager to get going.


BRENDAN FOSTER: These are the shops that had inspired the nation over


the 32 years since the first marathon. Greenwich Park, this is


the finest marathon in the world. Dave Bedford has steered the event.


Dave by tall has guided it on its The event is a beautifully


organised from start to finish. These are the shots that people


look at. If they can't get into this event, they fill up events all


around the nation. This is the lovely part. You come through, you


walk through Greenwich Park, you eventually turn left at the gate,


and then you trust the timing chip. It just matters that you cross the


line. And then the stories of 37,000 runners here, all of them in


their own way challenging themselves and hopefully all of


them defeating the challenge. The thought was on Boston the other day.


Now the thought is, can London open its heart? The runners are in full


flow. This is a glorious sight. PAULA RADCLIFFE: we talk about the


sadness and the shock of Boston. There was also a lot of defiance in


there, a lot of outrage that humanity was attacked in that way,


but also the sport of running. Marathon running does so much good.


Over the years, more than �610 million has been raised by London


Marathon runners. It can make a huge difference. People have


decided we can use the good to do something or Boston. You can see a


lot of the runners, they have got the names on their shirts, hoping


that people will encourage them personally. That can make a big


difference when you get to 21, 22, 23 miles, and you are just holding


on, and just for somebody to call you name it can encourage you.


organisers have pledged �2 for everybody who crosses the line will


go to the fund that is set up by the organisers of the Boston


Marathon. I'm sure a lot of people will be contributing to that fund


as well. In his first year as race director, Hugh Brasher, the son of


the founder, Chris, who, with John Disley, founded the event after


much research and effort in the early years, now everything they


have worked for over those years and today has been paid back.


London is already beginning to respond. We have got away us to go.


You can see the -- we have got away as to go. You can see people at the


start. They are waiting to get under way. The charity runners are


there. Millions have been raised for charity. The amazing thing, for


me, is that a marathon is a long way, and it is awfully hard, but in


this country, for some reason, people dress up to do it. They


carry ladders. Somebody is dragging a cooker today. It is to raise


money for his charity. Has he gone a bit upmarket?! They are heavy,


those things. It is great. As Brendan said, people find all sorts


of reasons to come. There used to be just one reason. You can see on


a Schett there the word Boston. -- and I think most people are, let's


have a look at the root. There are three different starts. Celebs are


on the green start. They all eventually come together. This a


pretty Brit quick -- pretty quick part of the course. They come up to


Greenwich. At this point, their first major site en route is the


Cutty Sark. The crowds will be phenomenal. He eventually, they


start to see some of the landmarks in the distance as they go through


10 miles. Tower Bridge will start to loom. It is perhaps one of the


biggest heels on the course. It is not be, but a big crowd is expected


there. -- it is not be. Then they go out to Canary Wharf. This is


where it gets a bit twisty antennae. The legs will be getting tired.


That was the headquarters for the 2012 team last year. They did a


fantastic job. The London Marathon team were part of the Organisation


for the marathon at the Olympics. Then they came back into the start


of the city, along the Embankment. Then they see the London Eye and


Big Ben in the distance. They turn the last corner, just 400 metres to


These pictures will be going back to the US, and I'm sure they will


be appreciated. We spoke to three people in who have been running and


have come straight from Boston to compete. Further down the course,


the elite women are just across Tower Bridge, approaching halfway.


There's a new landmark. HMS Belfast is down there as well. 320


kilometres, you can see that all of the big names are there. We are


keeping an eye on the heavy fall a few miles back. She seems to be


back in the group there. One of the Japanese athletes is just going


with the pacemaker. Some of the others, Brendan, are thinking, do


crowds collecting. -- on Tower Bridge. The only thing you can say


for certain is once they get to the halfway point, they will accelerate.


It will get faster in the second half. It will be a race. Already,


different things are happening to what we would expect. We expected


that group to stay strong as they together. We are now looking,


because of the incident at the Water station, we are looking at


Gelana, the Olympic champion. We are looking to see if she has had


any after effect of that. At the moment, she seems to have gathered


herself. She is a tough character. She is great to have to demonstrate


that today. Hopefully there's no effect of her fall.


PAULA RADCLIFFE: That fall has certainly affected her race. The


group was breaking up. Then the accident happened. The group almost


seemed to wait a bit for those who had really fallen, to give them a


chance to get back together. It has really closed back up. Keeping an


eye on it, one of them was trying to push on. Susan Partridge is


still on good pace, but we can see Jessica Augusta, who, for me, has


run a smarter ways -- race. She is now moving up and closing on season.


-- Susan. Susan, from Oban in Scotland, will be getting plenty of


support out there. She is the first British athlete. Alison Dixon ran


fast last week in Brighton. Susan Partridge is well under her


schedule, as indeed is a white head, who is not far behind her. -- as


indeed is a new white head. -- Amy Some way back, Richard Whitehead,


getting a huge cheer. We have been watching him all the way around.


Every now and then, he just lists an arm to acknowledge the cheers he


is getting. He is loving every moment of this. He absolutely years.


He had to run in the only event that was available to him in the


Paralympics. It has been difficult, a short amount of time to come up


from sprinting. But is really welcome on the course today. He is


an amazing athlete. Many of them are on their way. It does take a


little while. It might be another five minutes or so. We can see


Sonali Shah is back at the start with a couple who have yet to cross


the line. I am walking to the start with two


fairies, Chris and Matthew. We were meant to have a third, you cheese,


who's going for fastest ferry around the course. -- your chief.


He is itching to break the record. We are raising my knee for a


charity that wants to buy a Age UK. He started running in 2004,


at the age of 68. As he got older, he wanted to run for a charity that


was close to his heart and one who would make life better for older


people. To celebrate his 77th birthday, he plans to run a series


of races totally 77 miles. -- totaling. In 1998, Catherine's


mother passed away from bowel cancer, and then in 2010 her father


was diagnosed with the same illness. Having been given the all-clear,


heartbreakingly, his cancer returned. Despite this, this family


were able to enjoy a lovely summer together, and added London Olympics


she was inspired to run the marathon. Sadly, her father passed


away last year. She will be running this year's marathon for both


parents and in support of beating Bowel cancer.


Gavin began to experience the first signs of Hodgkin's lymphoma at the


age of 15. He underwent intensive chemotherapy as well as having a


stem cell transplant. Thankfully, he was able to make a full recovery


and went on to study cell biology. He is now studying for a research


PhD at Cambridge. He hopes his research will help others to beat


the disease. This year, he will be running for a charity hoping to


Tigger there. Whatever your story is, if you have got anybody out


there who is running and you want to let us know what they are up to,


that. I mean, technically. Does looking at some of these pictures,


the colour here that shines through makes the London mattered and --


London Marathon with all the fluorescent colours and styles and


all of the running shirts they were - it all just looks great and really


is a testament. Things have changed so much over the years, and this


London Marathon has been at the forefront of all of that. There's


barely part of the event, Chris Brasher had to fight the


establishment. It is the 40th anniversary this year of the team in


the north-east winning that. We have managed to get so far, we


have not the football so far, I thought you did well, Sunderland


beating Newcastle 3-0, that is the last time we will mention it.


They always say get your retaliation in first, don't they? There are


people running for various football strips. They tend to go off on the


greens start, you saw the blue start getting close to completing getting


there people through. Let us get confirmation of that group, Edna


Kiplagat, Florence Tipler gap, Joyce of the group there, she is the first


that has started to go, not the most experienced, this is her first full


London Marathon. She has just left herself about 20 metres with that


group. We have already had one incident with Tiki Gelana, let us


look at another incident at about 15 kilometres... No, it is the same


instrument. Tiki Gelana, to be there, should have been more aware


of what was going on. All of the athletes ended up in that leading


group being affected to some degree. Cassidy is... Is he looking


for a drink? Edna Kiplagat was offering drinks to Tiki Gelana, I


think she was all right, she did not take a drink on board, but it is


nice that the Ethiopian - Kenyan rivalry was put to one side.


I think the camaraderie is coming through a little more. You are


sharing a lot with your fellow runners, you know what you have all


been through in preparation. The marathon is a little bit different


to a sprint race, something may go wrong at the start, you know you


have another race the next week. Marathon runners are not like that


and the last thing anyone wants to see is a group of falling down and


hurting themselves. The only good thing is that it would be the first


part of the race, not the second were it would be much harder to get


up and get going again, but she looks comfortable.


The women are beyond halfway. Things are moving on now, the group is not


just running together now, Tiki Gelana is at the back of that group.


She made the big break at the Olympic Games. Let us give you a


look, using technology, to see exactly where they are. Approaching


14 miles. The men a little further back, there they are heading towards


Canary Wharf. They will then do that big loop and head back. The men are


moving towards the Cutty Sark, just beyond four miles, they have just


completed the quickest miles on the course. In there somewhere is Mo


Farah. There he is. I am sure he is getting plenty of support out on the


route. One or two people have been taking the Mickey out of him a


little bit about the fact he is dropping out halfway, but I don't


think you can really call it dropping out, it is planned. It is


not as though one day he is not going to be capable of running a


really, really good marathon. Let's face it, if they do go through in


61.45, Mo's best is just outside 60 minutes, he has only run a couple of


half marathons, he is going to be pretty tired at the end of that, it


is a good pace. It will be impressive to see that.


It is great to see Mo Farah, double Olympic champion, it thrills me to


see that. I think eventually this young man will win the London


Marathon in the next few years. I am sure before then he will win some


other big track races. It is wonderful to see a British athlete,


having won two Olympic gold medals, back in Britain, enjoying the


support of the crowd. He is doing it cleverly, drifting off the back of


the group, not amongst them, and I think that is the right way to do


I can tell you that the first five dormitories was run in 14.27 in this


race. As might the first five kilometres. That is a pretty good


time on the track. -- the first five kilometres. That is inside world


record pace, obviously very early. This is more than a taster for Mo,


he might have his eyes opened to what this is all about. That was my


concern, he is coming into this and it is not the same feeling when you


know you are going to drop out halfway.


You don't have as many nerves or as much at run on.


My worry is that Mo would be tired at halfway and would feel like he


had worked really hard and it will play around with his mind when he


comes to grace the full distance next year. Hopefully that will not


be the case and he will get a big lift from the crowd, certainly. He


will not have run in anything like this before. The Olympic Stadium


last year will come very close, but still, I don't think it can top the


streets of London on a day like this. That will help him, that will


lift him, and it will prepare them for next year. He will be taking


lots of things along this route he can store up for next year when he


attacks this properly. I think the important thing for Mo


is to enjoy this. You will get fantastic support and he responds to


that. He told me about running the 5000 metres, when he walked down the


back straight the crowd went crazy. When you are getting nervous and you


realise all these people are supporting you, it really does help.


I think Mo Farah has worked so hard to get to where he has got to, he


has enjoyed the European Championships, World Championship,


Olympic games double, and eventually his line is to move up all distances


and take on the challenge of the marathon, the champion enjoying


himself in this race and I think there are some dramatic happenings


in the women's race. We will have a quick look in a


second, just a word on the men's pace. The two fastest ever over 25


kilometres, that is the quality of the pacemakers, that is why they are


going so fast. On the women's race, as Brendan said, not -- reports are


not good for Tiki Gelana. There she is, Joyce Kepkirui has first of all


got rid of the Kenyan. The Olympic champion is now struggling. Was it


to do with that faulty mitral it could not have helped. -- was it to


do with that fall? That is not good for her at this


stage, that is a good group with good athletes, it has not been a


fast pace. She would not be tactically laying off it at all.


It is very sad at this point. To go to all of the effort to get the


Olympic marathon champion here running in good shape, then sadly to


have an organisational fault let it down, you have to feel for both the


athlete and the organisation, because the organisation is


absolutely fantastic. To have something go wrong like that that


may not have been able to be predicted is very disappointing,


particularly 40 gig Alanna, who is a great athlete and a very tough


athlete. Paula, you would be having to share that, wouldn't you?


We don't know it is related to the fall, but we can make a strong


guess. I am trying to work out if she is running heavier on the tip on


one side because it looked as though she banged her hip. They are going


over small speed bumps which will affect her if she has any muscle


tightness or a spasm then that side. She certainly needs to get herself


back together and decide whether she is going to carry on in this race


and close that gap. It has not helped her cause and what


may be more relevant is they have just run 15.59 for that stretch, by


far the quickest five kilometres stretch of the race. The contrast


between running 17.10 and then a 15.59, she is a good enough athlete


normally to cope with that. They have been running at a fairly slow


pace by her standards. She should have been able to cope with that


surge, but you can see that now that is perhaps the best part of 100


metres she is behind, falling further.


When you look at the group, you have the world champion, Olympic silver


medallist, the fastest 10,000 metres runner in the world, that looks like


Susan Partridge there. Amy Whitehead is ahead of her. Interestingly, the


field down year is splitting up, too. That is a bit concerning. There


you have for athletes and their is no way Tiki Gelana, the Olympic


champion, was planning on a race like this. She is not going to come


back and catch them. Just a word on the two British


women, Susan Partridge went through in 73 minutes and 50 seconds, Amy


Whitehead about a minute behind her, but the two are slowing down from


the pace set earlier on. Both of them are still on schedule to run


under 2.30, but they are slowing down.


Sorry, that was not Amy Whitehead, she is further down, as you said,


about a minute behind. Here they are now at the start, they


have been going for about 25 minutes, within half an hour the


whole field will be on its way. Running next to that man with the


cooker you would want to take it. Let me check my list of official


world records, there may be one for bouncing a ball and there is one for


a dodgy haircut, as well. Bouncing a ball in a yellow shirt, there is


world-record potential for that, I think.


It is not even a basketball. You are supposed to double football. -- to


dribble of football. There is a woman league one sort of


dribbling you do these days and it is not -- there is only one sort of


dribbling you do these days and it isn't with the ball. Taking their


time, as David says, start slowly and get slower. If he is watching,


our best wishes to you. The last of this year's London Marathon runners


about to cross the start line. He will be enjoying this thing, he


was the man who captured the spirit of the first London Marathon, right


from the beginning, he captured it on the first day, the hand of


friendship with his Norwegian competitor crossing the line. That


was the spirit of the London Marathon on its first running. That


We will keep an eye on the ten kilometres time, in the women's race


it is hotting up. Meselech Melkamu is the latest to drop off. Edna


Kiplagat won the title debut two years ago. Priscah Jeptoo felt as


though she should have won last year. Mary Keitany, her team-mate,


was the favourite going into the Olympics, but it was Tiki Gelana who


took the title. I was watching Mary Keitany, she did not cover the move


of Tiki Gelana well. She is running a good race today, Priscah Jeptoo in


great shape. Florence Kibler Gatt, also looking pretty comfortable, but


this surge, this constant pressure that is being applied.


For me in the Olympic/dear, I felt that Priscah Jeptoo was the third


swing Kenyan, put in there to do the work for Kiplagat and Tiki Gelana.


She could have done better had she ran her own race. She will have come


today ready to run her own race. All three of them looking comfortable.


Kiplagat is dropping back, the two young Kiplagat girls, no relation


between them but they do train together, they will be used to


running as a team. The other two do give Priscah Jeptoo a wider berth


because of the flick out she has with her legs, which can be


dangerous and you want to make sure you stay clear of that and we don't


see any more falls in this race today.


This race is not going to plan. The plan -- plan was to run fast at the


beginning. We can see the men coming through the Cutty Sark. The men are


responding, there is a big group layer, the crowds are going crazy


here. The crowd is as big as I have ever seen it before at the Cutty


Sark. This is wonderful to see. There they are through that first


point. Mo Farah at the back of that sensible, Mo. Go on the outside,


let them see you. He -- the London Marathon in all its glory hair.


just looking at this group. I can't see Patrick Makau in that group.


on the clock, I have got him about 40 seconds back. Unless that is him


back down the road. I don't think he is in that group. It happened to


him last year. He broke the world were Col, he came to London 22 --


the world record, he came to London and was not able to compete. The


Kenyans had a pretty tough job in trying to pick a team. In the end,


it was Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda who won the gold medal. Makau could


be the first casualty of the pace. That is surprising. There were no


reports of any injuries. He said himself that he was fit and ready


to run. It is a surprise. We were expecting a lot from him. We are


witnessing a bit of history here. At the back of the grid, you have


got the cream of world distance running. -- the group. You have got


Kiprotich and Mo Farah running together. It is a side we have


never seen before. Those two, between them, won the gold medals


at the Olympics. Mo Farah there in the black vest. Behind him, Stephen


Kiprotich. Can the Olympic champion make this a glorious return to


women's race. The Olympic silver medallist and the Berlin Marathon


winner. The second part is going to be faster than that. You can tell


even by the cadence. Maybe Kiplagat is not even able to cope with that


pace. Susan Partridge is sticking to her task well. This is a loan


race for her now. The gaps in the women's race have got bigger and


bigger. She has got to work hard now. She wants to run inside to


0.30. -- 2.30. She has to maintain pace into the last mile. She has to


hope the early, quick miles don't make her pay later on. Approaching


17 miles. There are big gaps. That is the risk of running in the elite


field. This is what you face. Absolutely. But when your eye in


the front, you face it as well! -- you are in front. She will know the


pace she is training to run at. She will be retreating into her own


world and trying to stay at the pace. She will be doing or she can


to remain focused and keep her brain away from the pain and how


far she has to go. That was Gelana that we just went past. She has


been passed by the group of three, who are the second group. She looks


as though she is going to keep running. She is not in a huge


amount of pain but she is not getting the turnover she was hoping


for. The gap was covered by the bike very quickly. At the front,


they are trying to forge further ahead. It is not looking so good


for Florence Kiplagat. The gap is building. She are starting to look


tired. The front two are looking comfortable, the pair of them


working well. Don't be put off by Jeptoo's action there. That is how


she runs when she is fine as well as when she is tired. 18 miles


being approach. The pace is getting better. It is nothing like the


men's race. They are well inside the world record race. Maybe it is


why Makau has been a casualty. These two, the world champion and


the Olympic silver medallist, they are not from the same training camp.


Jeptoo is trained by the young Italian coach based in Kenya. One


or two going in the men's race as well. They were saying that Jeptoo


is going well. Her training partner one D -- came first in the Boston


Marathon last week. That is Rita Jeptoo, not a relation. What a


story that would be if they could win the Boston and London Marathon.


There's the world record holder, Patrick Makau of Kenya. He came


here last year as the favourite. He dropped out. Then he was not


selected for the Olympics. Here he is today, not running as well as we


expected him to. He is not able to stay with the group. The group are


doing extremely quickly. Some athletes will fall off the back of


that group. Here is the world record-holder, Patrick Makau. He


did a fantastic race in Berlin when he broke the record. Here, today,


he is not going to enjoy London. He has not enjoyed London. He has


never run really well. He did not do well last year. He was third in


2011. It is not a happy hunting ground for this man. Just by


contrast, he went through 10 kilometres in about 2.5 pace, which


is way off the lead. But you never know. I was listening to him


earlier in the week, he sounded confident, said his preparations


were going well. He is not the most gregarious athlete talking to the


media, Patrick Makau, but nonetheless I am sure this is not


the game plan he wanted. We have got confirmation that he was on the


start-line, haven't we? It seems that he is running his own race. He


has help from one of the pacemakers running alongside him. I don't know


if he is supposed to be there but he is helping him at this stage.


Great that he is getting that assistance, too. That will help him.


Let's look at the gap. There Lido, down the road. -- there we go.


Crowds on both sides of the race. This is the fun they came to see.


This road will be full in a few minutes. That is a big gap from


Patrick Makau. It just shows you how fast they are going. If he is


running 2.5 pace, it shows you what is happening up ahead. We are not


at the lead group yet. You can just see, in the distance there, we pass


an Ethiopian. Now here we are, approaching the lead group. The


pacemakers are doing a good job. The crowds are enormous, they


really are. Look at that. What a place to be. London's response to


this marathon has been fantastic today. There's the group. In there,


there's a lot of talent. Perhaps they all came out to watch Mo Farah.


Well, this is a real baptism for Mona -- for Mo. This is the number


of. The crowds may not be aware of what they are seeing. -- this is


phenomenal. They are seeing a bunch of men setting up at a pace which,


well, surely they can't all maintain it. Who will keep it up?


These two pacemakers are of such quality, they could run to within


four or five miles of the finish at this pace. They are told that they


cannot keep going, but that day could drag people along on world-


record pace. Some of the are working way beyond themselves. The


Kenyan who was not selected last year, he was disappointed. Haile


Gebrselassie made representations on his behalf. He said he was the


best marathon runner in Ethiopia, he should be on the team. He was


not in the team. And you know what happened in the Olympics? All three


Olympians -- Ethiopians failed to finish. There was an outrage.


Whatever happens in distance running, the Ethiopians want to be


featured in the marathon. Here he is, showing that he is still good


enough to run at world-record pace. But there are too many of them


running at world record pace. The crowd response is enormous. Mo


Farah is hearing it. He is being cheered on every stage. Look how


deep the crowds are. They have never seen anything like this. This


is like London's response to what happened in Boston last week. The


response is, you can't stop us doing what we want to do. This is


part of the fabric of London. This is how we want to live our lives.


We want to organise big events. We want people to run in them. We


can't let terrorists stop them. Look what has happened today. There


is your answer. The Olympics and Paralympics obviously brought


people out onto the streets. Both marathons well-supported. The --


were well supported. The crowds, we said we would never see it again.


Maybe we are in terms of the crowds on the streets. The Olympic


marathon was a shorter lap. A lot of people were squeezed into the


small area. Today, it is across the whole 26 miles. Some of these areas,


some of the athletes used to say that there are some quite sections.


Not today. People are everywhere. My 20 quid on Mo Farah to win this


eventually, my 20 quid says there are more people here today than


were watching the Olympic marathon. The sad news is that the Olympic


champion, Tiki Gelana, she is tying her lace there but she does not


look very good. She does not look to be moving very well. It is nice


that she wants to keep going. This is not the Olympic champion that we


know. This is not the Tiki Gelana that we know. Since those Olympics,


sadly for her, the New York Marathon, she planned to run it and


it was cancelled. She suffered a really heavy faller here in London


and has left the way open for her compatriots. So, at the front,


Jeptoo and Kiplagat are locked together. Locked together and


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20, that's when the race really starts. Will they be able to


maintain that all will they have to slow down? Edna Kiplagat is a very


thoughtful athletes. She didn't panic when she fell. Maybe she will


have to be patient here. The Olympic silver medallist, Priscah Jeptoo, is


testing the world champion. The times are getting fast. Damage has


been done in the last couple of miles, but this is a crucial part of


the race for Edna Kiplagat. It is really tight now. She was running


neck and neck with Priscah Jeptoo. They are above the 20 mile point.


This will be crucial to them. both look as though they are working


harder here. Me, add shows more strain it was four or five miles


ago. But they appear to be working together. Maybe they are sharing a


little bit of the workers well. You can see how much faster they have


been by how quickly that gap is growing. We need to watch the


leading group behind them, the chase group, to see whether they can catch


Edna Kiplagat. Just making a test, as Edna Kiplagat, the world


champion, responding again. But this is going to be a really great race


to the finish. But Priscah Jeptoo is record is amazing. She was second in


the world Championships, so she is a big time operator. That tells you


there is a big group there and they are running faster. The world record


there as well, set in Berlin by the world record holder who is not in


that group. He will have to watch heading towards the finish now. And


David Weir is still there. And Jenny Arce, his coach, and David Weir had


plotted a scheme to get victory number seven. He is almost in the


perfect place, but that is becoming very tactical race. It has. You can


tell, in the last kilometre, they have really started slowing down the


pace to get the right position. And Dave Weir is in a perfect place


right now. Just heading up to Birdcage Walk. And my goodness!


Isn't David we're going to get a huge round of applause? He has got


the Boston Marathon winner alongside him. Ernst Van Dyke, nine times the


Boston winner, wearing the green and gold of South Africa. David Weir, in


pole position at the moment. Kurt Fearnley from Australia is


sitting right behind him as well. He wants to make sure... The danger is,


you haven't got enough space to go round. And the final turn is so


crucial. When the road opens up, you have less chance of being able to


control the race. A consolation as well for Josh Cassidy who had that


crashed back at the feeding stage. Some of the wheelchairs came


together with some of the leading women athletes. But David Weir,


ready to strike, ready to pounce, together victory number seven. Two


turns and then it is 200 metres flat out towards the finish. Kurt


Fearnley in third place. He has been in this position many times before.


And luckily the Great Britain fans, he has never managed to get past


David Weir in this position. David Weir looking across that Marcel Hug.


Ernst van Dyke is coming to come round from the outside. Kurt


Fearnley is coming through really quickly. Kurt Fearnley on the


inside. David Weir has no response. Marcel Hug in second place. The


noise was absolutely deafening. Kurt Fearnley WinZip by a whisker! David


Weir finishes in faith. He had nothing left to give over the last


100 metres. That was superb timing by Kurt Fearnley. He didn't panic.


While everyone was watching Dave, that's when he went. It is a


paraphrase the Dave today, but that is probably Curt Fearnley's best


race of his career. There will certainly be a story to be told


about that one. But I was a wonderful victory for Kurt Fearnley.


He is a class athlete. He came here as an underdog. But that will go


down as a superb victory for Kurt Fearnley. And David Weir finished in


race, a significant break now by Priscah Jeptoo, the Olympic silver


medallist. It was then just her team-mates. Edna Kiplagat herself


not able to stay with the force applied by Priscah Jeptoo. Priscah


Jeptoo just kept pushing. Every mile of the last six miles has been


riding really fast pace. No let up. Edna Kiplagat, a world champion from


2011, doing her best and fighting. Not a big surge but constant


pressure here. And that one metre turned into two, then three, and


then gradually, it suddenly stretched. And that's what happens.


They keep -- they talk about the elastic band that keeps you


attached, and then when it goes, five metres turns into 60 metres.


And that looks like Priscah Jeptoo just has to keep going at this


pace. She has run well in her last three races. There she is now, the


miles are getting quick. The second half of the race will be significant


faster than the first. And that's the way marathons evolve. Very


difficult to break away in the early stages. Then the race got serious.


Then the split times became phenomenal. Terrific performance.


And here's Priscah Jeptoo now. Can she keep going? The crowds are


responding to her as they respond to Whitehead. Enjoying it every step of


the way. He really is some athlete. It's not so long ago that Mr muscle


tear became Paralympic 200 metres champion. He's got another 26 miles


to go! But on his own here. He is enjoying the atmosphere. And this is


a phenomenal Dave everybody. -- day for everybody. You can see Tower


Bridge in the distance, and approaching that, the halfway mark.


That is the point at which Mo Farah will stop. These men are going at a


good pace. There is a bit of an issue. The man, the fastest in the


world, has pulled out with an injury in the first two or three miles.


That is a less -- less of a pacemaking pedigree. Mo Farah just


stepped out of the crowd. He wants to receive a view of the plaudits.


He knows he is into the last mile or so. He does, but he will find it


hard to stop. I mean, look at this crowd! That's amazing. He will find


it hard to step aside. That has all been thought about. At least he is


not waving! I actually think he has been very respectful. That was one


of the points raised, that he might take focus away from the runners,


but he hasn't done that at all. at these crowds, Brendan. A


wonderful site. Mo Farah the focus of their attention, but for all


these athletes, this is the best marathon in the world. Look at those


crowds! This is a great advantage point and a great place to watch.


There is the Tower hotel in the background, where Mo Farah will


spend a leisurely afternoon. He's getting a great respond. He would


find it more difficult to keep going the dropout! There they are. They


are racing now. And there's Mo Farah, on his own. A chance to see


our double Olympic champion. We have never had an Olympic distance


champion. And then he is, enjoying it. And so he should! When you are


double Olympic champion, you can do whatever you like. This is a


marvellous response by the people of London. A marathon held in troubled


times after what happened in Boston last week, but here it is today,


London in all its glory. And what a wonderful site Tower Bridge is. A


beautiful backdrop. It has never looked better on London marathon


day. That lead group are forcing the pace. Mo Farah is part of that. I


can just see another Olympic champion, Stephen Kipper titch,


giving up as well. -- Stephen Kiprotich. But today, it is about


slugging it out with the best in the world. Just one or two starting to


struggle with this pace that has been set through the first half.


There is Mo, dropped out just before halfway. He saw the gap in the fence


there. We will just give Mo a few seconds


to catch his breath. It will be interesting to hear his thoughts on


what the pace has been like. If you look at that clock, it will be a


very fast first half marathon. The man who has completed just less than


a half marathon is now chatting with Phil.


Well, Mo, London lad, you have won the many marathon before, what was


it like to be part of the main event?


Incredible, the mode of support, people coming from everywhere


achieving from the hallway. You expected people to come out and


support you after London 2012, was it bigger than you expected?


Yeah, I did not expect that many people to come out today, they were


cheering from the houses, looking out on the route, the atmosphere is


can encrypt -- incredible. You can hear the supporters still


cheering you, tell me about what you gained from the race today?


The pace is not a problem, the place looks good, but the biggest


challenge is picking up the drinks, making sure you pick up the right


drink, I need a mess of it at the ten kilometre.


So you wanted to gain experience of the media, the race itself, was it


worth while? I have learned the biggest lesson of


my life, really. If I had made a mess of it next year, I would not


have been able to deal with that. It is good practice, waking up early,


getting on the bus and eating breakfast, dealing with everything,


I have learnt a lot, for sure. Finally, just a quick word for


anyone tuning in now, asking why you have dropped out, just explain.


My aim was just to learn a lot, next year I am going to do the full


marathon, this year I am concentrating on the ten key, five


K, and it is hard to do track and get ready for a marathon.


Thank you for talking to is Mo, we will speak to you later.


I want to say happy birthday to my father-in-law, Bob, have a good day,


Bob, have a good one. Thanks, Mo.


Well, the easy bit is to sort the drinks out, you can learn that. The


hard bit is maintaining that pace, because they have been running very


fast. They are slowing a little bit, it was crazy earlier on. We


have not really started the racing part of it yet. Mo has dropped out,


Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic champion, still in there but he is


struggling. For him, his return to London not such a happy one, but


nobody was really tipping Stephen Kiprotich to win today, because the


gold medal was about doing the right race on the day. That was what he


did, and it was the greatest race in his life. Both of our Olympic


champions struggling today. There is Tiki Gelana, really jogging now.


Someone should mention to her, she is getting very close to the event


hotel at about 21 miles, and she might as well just stop. It is nice


she is continuing to jog around. She is obviously struggling.


My worry would be that by continuing she would be hurting yourself and


doing further damage. I wonder if she knows the procedure for dropping


out. She is able to stop near the Just two women contesting first


place in this women's wheelchair marathon. The defending champion,


Shelly Woods, is about two minutes behind these two. It looks as though


it is going to be an American 1-2. She has been in amazing shape this


year. Tatiana has set the pace the hallway with her team-mate from the


University of Illinois, Amanda McGrory, just behind. They made a


decisive break about halfway, and it will beat this -- interesting to see


if Amanda McGrory springs against Tatyana MacFadden, at the moment I


think the best she can hope for is fourth position.


Tatyana MacFadden, heads down, working those arms. She did so well


in London 2012, she got three gold medals.


Tatyana MacFadden is looking quite tired, they are probably going at 70


mph, Amanda McGrory is trying to get back to her, this is an amazing win


by Tatyana MacFadden after doing Boston at the beginning of the week.


It looks as if the record is going to be blown out of the water here.


Tatyana MacFadden going through just outside 1: 46. Amanda McGrory in


second. That officially is a new course record. The course record set


back in 2011 when Amanda McGrory became the champion, Shelly Woods in


second place. That was a very proficient bit of trading from both


Priscah Jeptoo, a significant lead now. She can sense she just has to


hold this together along the embankment. She will be able to


think about winning this race. You cannot get ahead of yourself too


much. As we head through the bridges along the embankment we will get


picture breakup. We will just reflect on the Olympic champion.


Just ahead of her, Susan Partridge has just passed Tiki Gelana. She is


very close to the event hotel, she is jogging now and it is not a nice


thing to see, an athlete of her the way, but it has not been a good


day for her. That is player 12 micro from South Africa who has just gone


through the picture. -- player 12 through Saint Catherine 's Dock,


through the cobbles, but they don't have to do that now.


Instead of that you come along a double section where the mass races


and the men's races will be coming in one direction, the women going in


another, so the crowd are twice as loud, so it is a start contrast to


it being very loud to the quiet of the tunnel, then you come out into


the direct sunlight, knowing you who only have three or four miles to go


and time to run the closing stages. She really has got quicker and


quicker, she ran a 66 minute half marathon. She was beaten on that


day, that runner got injured. Once you are running under 67 minutes you


know you have to be in good shape to run a marathon. It does not tell you


everything, but it tells you a lot. It tells you an awful lot.


She got to the halfway point, she relaxed and was comfortable and


started applying the pressure, now the gap has opened and the crowd


have been cheering her on. It has been a great day so far for the


London Marathon. Being less of a great day for Olympic champions.


Shirley Reilly, the Olympic women's Paralympic champion, David Weir,


Tiki Gelana, and Stephen Kiprotich are not all having great days. We


just saw the Olympic -- double Olympic champion has probably had


better days. Mo Farah has probably learned a lot from today, he will be


in the Hotel watching the excitement of the last stages of the marathon


on folder. This is a very, very good athlete. Olympic silver medallist,


third in this race last year, second in the world championships a couple


of years ago, now here looking as though she is going to keep going to


win the London Marathon. Coming along Embankment, the crowds and the


charity cheering points all along the way. She will be enjoying this.


She needs this at this point in the race. The weather has been great. It


is cool, not too warm at all, clear skies, no wind at all, great


marathon running conditions. This is From one great runner to a great


Paralympic athlete, Shelly Woods being hunted down in the home


straight. That is Shirley Reilly from the USA.


It has been a really tough race for Shelly Woods this year. She has not


late in the best form of her life, but I think she will be pleased to


get over. It is a pretty good time for her.


Just outside of the medals for Shelly Woods, beaten on the line by


the Paralympic marathon champion. Apologies, that was Christy dolls


The Americans have had a fine day here today. The last two times


Shelly Woods has been on the streets of London, of course, she got a


silver medal in the Paralympic marathon and won the London Marathon


last year. She will consider this to be a failure, only fourth place, in


a race she hoped to dominate. But conditions today favoured the faster


to Americans by far. -- the faster two Americans.


Some interesting developments in the men's group. Stanley Biwott and


Emmanuel Mutai pushing the pace on here, and the pacemakers have gone.


We have been left with the main pace makers, make Keegan, who is very


experienced. He is trying to keep things going. -- Mike Keegan.


Stanley Biwott, very expire you -- experienced, he won in Paris last


year. The others are still close by, Geoffrey Mutai could be very strong


in the last six miles. Tsegaye Kebede is still there, and Wilson


Kipsang, who won last year. Efforts to break that grew up, they are


trying, so far they are all still there. -- efforts to break that


group up. A few people looked like they are


working hard in that. Emmanuel Mutai looks like he is working quite


hard. He looks as though he wants this pace to keep moving on. He


might be concerned about those in that group. Still quite a large


group, given that faster running. They are running very close to world


pace here. It was a bit of a scramble there at


that feed station. They have all managed to get their drinks. They


ran the first half at world-record pace, they are continuing to do


that, the pacemaker is working hard keeping them going, but Geoffrey


Mutai wants to move it along. This is the dilemma - do you run for pace


or do you run in the competition? This is a serious competition, it


will be a very competitive race. There is the Olympic champion,


Stephen Kiprotich, who has not enjoyed it today. If you think about


it, he won the Olympic Games in London, fantastic performance, only


his second Ugandan athlete to win an Olympic title. Stephen Kiprotich, on


that day it was warm in August, today is much more conducive to


dense -- distanced running. His best time of 2: 07 point 20. He has not


shown in the past he has a fast manner of -- marathon runner, but he


has showed he is a competitive marathon runner in the summer when


it is hot, when they don't run for fast times. For fast times we have


the spring and autumn marathons, not in the championships. He was good


enough in the championships, but he is not quick enough, not fast


enough. He has been sorely tested. Emmanuel Mutai, forcing the pace.


There is Wilson Kipsang in there, too, a big group still, and I wonder


what will happen in the next few miles. I am sure the pace cannot be


this incessant all the way. Bike to the women's race, she has


run impressive splits, she did that 15.0 16.09 for the three following


five kilometres sections. She is about to collate -- complete


another one here. I think she is inside one mile to go, there is a


red telephone box a couple of metres bike down the road they are! That is


one mile to go, so she is now in front of Big Ben and that is 1200


metres to go. How many telephone boxes are there


on the route, Paula? I don't know, but I know that one,


there is usually a man sitting cross-legged on top of it.


I know that you used to count the lamp posts to keep you focused.


Focus is very much what she has managed to do today. She must know


now that she is on for perhaps the biggest win of her career. She has


one big-city marathons, nearly won the Olympic Games here last year,


and heading for a win in the 2013 London Marathon. Edna Kiplagat has


tried hard but not as -- was not able to stay with her. I am trying


to see if we can get any more information about who is in third


place. As we watch Priscah Jeptoo, runner-up in the Olympic Games,


runner up in the world Championships, third place in the


London Marathon last year, as she heads down towards the welcome sight


of Buckingham Palace and The Mall, and the crowds around Saint James's


Park are absolutely phenomenal. She ran here, finished in second place


behind Tiki Gelana, who unfortunately, is really struggling


in the marathon today. But this lady, she just accelerated. They


were working hard, moving quickly. At every point of the race, Priscah


Jeptoo was able to respond. She looks good now. A good, long gap


behind. Checking her watch their. And there she goes, looking good,


looking strong. Second place last time she ran in London, third


place. And now, a year later, on a way to a glorious victory. Once


again, an Olympic champion came to London and was not able to win it.


Edna Kiplagat in second place. She's safely clear, and down the road, she


can see Priscah Jeptoo in the distance. We were looking back at


the Kenyan records to see whether Priscah Jeptoo had any chance of


getting that Kenyan record. She will not get that today, but she is


inside the last 600 metres now. Hopefully, she will not look at her


watch any more. She just needs to run as hard as she can to get the


race finished and enjoy the victory. She would take the first turn, and I


always remember thinking you keep thinking the finish is around the


corner and in fact, there are two or three corners! Priscah Jeptoo is


going to come into sight of our commentary box. She will have the


central road to herself there. at her. She's been extremely


comfortable today. The welcome sight of the finish line with the Olympic


silver medallist, cheered on by thousands here in The Mall. Didn't


quite win in London last summer, but she's been supreme this year. Her


training partner one in Boston last Monday, and what a wonderful way to


cast our minds back to that race, but also celebrate London today. Her


training partner, Priscah Jeptoo, wins in London. They will be


delighted in each other's performances. Priscah Jeptoo, the


champion of London 2013. A new best for Priscah Jeptoo. She performed


supremely well. In the second half of the race, she was totally


dominant. The best race of her there. Fantastic performance.


Thinking back to what happened in Boston as she waits for the world


champion who is just going past us. That's Edna Kiplagat, on her way


down to the finish. There she is. She is enjoying these moments of


glory. The world champion, Edna Kiplagat, who had a very strong


race, did everything she could to hang onto her compatriot, but had to


settle for second best today. Crossing the line in two hours,


21.5, second place. Top run for Edna. Her and her husband are


heading off to a farm in Wiltshire this weekend to see how it is done


in the UK. Just looking back at the figures from last year, Priscah


Jeptoo ran pretty much the same time as she did today. Impressive, isn't


it? A very fast second half of the race. She is a very good athlete.


athlete. This is significant for her because she may well be running a


self into contention for the Japanese world Championships. --


herself. I am told that winning will stand you in good stead in a race


that was slow in the early stages. She has run well in the second half


of the race. She still got another 300 metres or so to run, but it will


be a good performance for her. Japanese contingent here in London.


Huge support for their athletes. And of course, marathon running in Japan


selection for the world Championships? We'll have to wait


and see. 33 of age. -- 33 years of age. Third place here in London


there as she saw the clock is ticking away. Maybe that explains


why, in the early stages, she was trying to push along. Nonetheless, a


for the athletes. The pacemakers were doing the job. Maybe they were


all looking at Tiki Gelana who then obviously fell. Still, to me, not


showing whether she can run a really good marathon. Just not sure the


that will be interesting. Absolutely. 17 medals in the world


cross country. And just not quite able to make that transition. And Mo


Farah is keen to point out that the marathon is different. There have


been some great runners who have not made the transition as well as they


should have done to the marathon, and there have been others who have


not run so fast but have really found their forte as they marathon


Partridge and Amy Whitehead. We are expecting them, if you minutes away.


Hopefully, Susan Partridge will not be too far away from the finish


line. The men's race, though, is in Canary Wharf. It has been a war of


attrition out there. The pacemakers could not keep the pace going. One


or two got injured. So now we are left with a view familiar faces and


not so familiar raise -- faces. world record of 30 K is one hour 27


minutes and 38 seconds. We are only ten seconds outside that. So this is


really fast. They will be very close. But there are four men in the


group, for tough men on the road in that group. They are led by Emanuel


Between them, someone will prevail, but who will it be? Will it be the


Kenyan, the Eritrean? Four men, down to four. Their pace has been


consistently strong. Ten seconds outside that world record. I hope


they are getting the information they need. They are running faster


than anyone has ever run before at this point. That group breaking up


again. Just having a look around. They like to see the group whittled


down, one by one, by Joel time, wait. That this Tiki Gelana, just


heading towards Big Ben. In front of me on the Mall, Susan Partridge is


just finishing, a good run from Susan Partridge. She has about


another 40 seconds to get to the finish line. Come on, Susan, the


World Championship qualifying time is 2.31. The clock is ticking down,


she has 30 seconds left with 100 metres to go. She is just about


going to make it, a trip to Moscow could be the reward for Susan


Partridge. I knew best not today, but the qualifying time, 2.31, first


British athlete home, Susan Partridge, well done. Well done


indeed. From the West Coast of Scotland, that was the hard one. If


you go out as hard as she did, it would have been a bit of a


travesty, all that training and hard work, if she had not got the


qualifying time. That is what I was just about to


say, she definitely ran it the hard way, went fairly fast and had to


hold it together and dig deeper. It has sunk in and she has realised


what she has done, that was difficult for her through the


closing miles. Three minutes and more quicker than


she has run before. Amy Whitehead will be disappointed she was not


able to do the same. She also went off pretty quick, all of these women


did. Irvette van Zyl, and then Adriana da Silva.


In the men's race, Paul Pollock is going well from your husband's race


team in Ireland. Tiki Gelana, what a sad day for her. Stephen Kiprotich


was not expecting to get up there. A quick point, Paul Pollock is


actually Irish, not British. Anyway, he is in the British list.


We will borrow him today. As we are watching Tiki Gelana, we are


expecting Amy Whitehead a little further around the chorus, about six


hundred metres ahead of the Olympic champion. We are expecting as the


spit -- second British women home. Beautiful shots of Buckingham


slowing, they had to, really, after that fast first place. Some of the


five kilometre splits were phenomenal, the last was the slowest


of the race, but that is still fast running. It happens now, they have


to be tired, they are slowing down. They are also slowing because they


are sizing each other up, trying to decide, have I got enough in my legs


to go note to micro also in the first half of the race, Emmanuel


Mutai, Ayele Abshero, Stanley Biwott, all of them together,


shedding a few yards ahead, Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia. To micro


Ethiopians, to Kenyon's, and Emmanuel midday is the former world


record holder. -- two Kenyon's. -- Kenyons. There is Amy Whitehead. Not


the result she would have liked, she will be just outside Europe has done


best. She went out hard, as did Susan Partridge, wasn't able to hold


it together in the second half. That will be a lesson learned. Every time


you run the marathon you find out a little bit more about the event. I


think you could just hear that little comment, maybe a little too


quick early on. She will be able to divest -- I jest that, but I know


she was in very good shape. She went off very, very hard and she


has paid the price and slowed down a lot in the closing stages. All


credit, she did not blow up completely, she was able to hold it


together and run a fairly decent time. She will be happy enough with


that race that she had the chance to test yourself a little more in the


opening stages, to know she was able to hold it together. She will have


to work on getting that qualifying time.


Chika Horie of Japan, and Joyce Kepkirui looking tired in the


distance. In the elite women's field, because they go off at a pace


that is faster than the masses are going to do, even the good athletes


in the mass race, the only problems if you get cast adrift you are


pretty much on your own. It is a long, lonely run. This is Joyce


Kepkirui. Her husband is at 2.21 marathon runner, they do a lot of


the training together, I think she thought she was capable of that,


rain on a wet day in August it was glory all the way for Tiki Gelana.


She graced us with a wonderful gold medal run at the Olympic Games. We


were looking forward, as I am sure she was, to producing a quick, good


run here in London and perhaps winning this race, but a fall in the


early stages when she collided with Josh Cassidy, one of the wheelchair


athletes at one of the feed stations, left her not moving


particularly well, completely affected her race. She has gamely


carried on, almost jogging by her standards. I hope she has not done


herself any long-term damage, the Olympic gold medallist, 2: 36, she


did make it to the finish but it is an experience she want -- she will


area, approaching 21 miles, the men's race really hotting up now. We


had that fast first half, then a little period of circumspection, a


little period of sizing each other up, and the first one to break is


Stanley Biwott. He is the first to have a go at putting on the pressure


here. Trying to make that move, because


the gap is beginning to open. Emmanuel Mutai had a go, Ayele


Abshero has had his settling in period. Look at Ayele Abshero, he


has only ever run of three marathons. His fastest was his


debut, he won in Dubai, then came the Olympic Games with great


expectations from the Ethiopian section, he was not able to finish,


and Emmanuel Mutai, the course record holder, for once, is


beginning to show signs of being under pressure. The gap is beginning


to open, two of them beginning to break away, just as in the women's


race. 21 miles gone in the men's race and Emmanuel Mutai, who won


this race a couple of years ago in a course record time of 2: 4.14.


Behind him, Feyisa Lilesa has dropped of the group.


They will take a significant boost from this as a job was dropped, they


will know they are doing the damage, they are breaking people and they


will know that the times are also very fast. Emmanuel Mutai now finds


himself in the difficult position of trying to hang on as well as he


can, while knowing that Feyisa Lilesa is behind him, so he could


still come under danger from him. One hour and 40 minutes of running.


Is this the move by Stanley Biwott? Look at the gap opening. He quickly


opens the gap, Emmanuel Mutai realises he is pulling away, and


goes past Ayele Abshero. The yellow vest of Emmanuel Mutai, the red vest


of Stanley Biwott. His best time of two hours and five minutes, he is


going to be really close to that, but is he going to have to keep


going to do that or will he be able to pull away and settle and run not


quite as fast as that? He is looking good, looking comfortable, and that


is a big gap now. One thing I do know about Stanley


Biwott is he considers himself not to be a good finisher. He has lost a


couple of races in the latter stages. Recently he lost a half


marathon back in January by two seconds. He was dipped in the last


couple of seconds and lost the Shanghai marathon by four seconds.


He is not renowned as a good finisher. He does not consider


himself to be a good finisher, so this will be one reason why he will


be feeling good at the front. It is early to do that, but if you are


feeling good, why not push on? He is not that experienced, but he has


good times behind him, particularly Paris /dear, a good talent. He is


part as the same training group as Priscah Jeptoo. If the group are


going well, you have half a chance. Certainly at this point he is going


well. That is right, we saw the Shard


player, now we are looking down at the crowds gathering on Tower


Bridge. Back to the leader, Stanley be what going strongly. He is really


pursuing this event. He knows this course, he was the pacemaker here in


2011. He knows his way around, he paced the race won by Emmanuel


Mutai. Emmanuel Mutai in second place in the yellow vest, then Ayele


Abshero in third. That gap just beginning to stretch a little. He


looks as though there settling, running well, this is a good point


in the race for him. This is the section of the course


where they run alongside the runners alongside into the Isle of Dogs in


the other direction. Trying to get some idea of who might win the race,


they are still very much focused on their own race. I don't think


Emmanuel Mutai is totally out of this yet. He is still working hard


and the gap is not growing. I agree with Paula, it is a


significant gap but not yet a race winning one. We have seen it so many


times in the past, not to count your chickens, plenty of miles where


things can change. You can feel good in one mile and all of a sudden the


energy starts to drain away. He actually trains even higher than


many of the Kenyan athletes do, they train at 2800 metres -- he trains at


2800 metres. Like quite a few, like Tiki Gelana, Wilson Kipsang, he ran


the New York Marathon. When that did not happen he reset London as his


target. A fast race, a nutritional race, it is all about that strength


now. 1: 42.7 through -- 1: 42.47 through that last marker section,


they are slowing down. They are, but I think that was


inevitable given the pace they went through the first-half, but they are


not slowing down drastically. I think he is still focused on running


a personal best, as fast as he can go out here today. It is one of


those racists were the one who the least winds. -- were the one who


slows the least wins. Unless it was a superhuman race,


there was going to be so many fastest times you today, we are now


finding out the later stages of the marathon. I cannot get over the


crowd. Runners going one way, crowds on both sides of the road,


absolutely fantastic, this is the marathon -- best marathon in the


world. Ayele Abshero came to the other big games year, number four,


having won his debut marathon in Kenya then dropped out of the


Olympics. He is in third place, just has to hang onto this position. He


wants to be on the podium. The Ethiopians were a bit disgruntled


with the Olympic performance when all three athletes dropped out the


Olympic Games. Tsegaye Kebede, former Olympic medallist that we


favoured because he has been strong and consistent over the years. That


is a big gap to Emmanuel Mutai. It looks like less of a gap there from


Emmanuel Mutai, the course record holder, to the leader, Stanley


Biwott. A lot could change in the late stages of the marathon. 20


minutes to go, look at Emmanuel Mutai, he is stretching now, running


more powerfully, more aggressively, he is flying. The gap was given at


six seconds and it does not look as if it has grown a huge a lot more


than that. We are coming up to the 22 mile mark


now, then they will go down through the underpass, a significant


downhill -uphill before the finish, and then they will be in the closing


stages and they will have run at this level of fatigue in training


but not with the crowds like this to keep them going. There will be some


very tired legs out there, but once they get into the last three miles


they know that end is in sight and it is a case of keeping the body


going. In his mind now he will be using every technique possible to


take the focus away from how tired he is, how hard it feels and how


heavy his legs feel. Hitting one foot to go -- in front of the other


and getting to the finish line. I was watching an interview with him


and his coach before he was due to run in New York and they talked


about his training, about 30 kilometres runs, 42 kilometre runs


that he runs in two hours two minutes. That is -- sorry, 38


kilometres run, and that is is hard run. That is really hard running.


That is what these guys are doing, showing they are capable of winning


in London. Talking about winning in London... Think this is the


Paralympic 5000 metre champion. A lot of the people watching won't


appreciate that this guy is legally blind. Very good time as well. In


his debut in the London Marathon. A wonderful victory. And a very useful


manual sensitives opportunity. -- sensed his opportunity. Strides into


the front. He won it two years ago, but he has been in the top four and


three other occasions. Most people weren't really considering him in


the top three today. Everyone thought he had had this day. He was


11 in the half marathon. If that was any sort of indicator, he has


obviously come on since then. He has got himself into good shape.


Incredibly quick through the first 10-15 K, and the strength and desire


to hang in there and not give up, to keep the gap. When that gap doesn't


get any bigger, you start a thing, that is the best you've got. And the


way he goes now. They are all running on very tired legs now. We


saw in the way he moved, there was no flicker of, do I gather myself


before I make an attack? He is maintaining in a rhythm he can


maintain, and he's keeping going in that pace. The halfway point meant


they would slow down a little. This one looks as though he's slowing


down the least. The contrast in styles, that's what your courage


teaches you. -- coach. This is his 13th marathon, and the only one he


has ever won before is London 2011. He is today, looking as though he


has a real chance now of making this his second victory in the London


Marathon. Maybe two miles back, he had a bit of bounce. He is under


pressure for second spot, actually. He'll have to maintain, keep going,


make sure he doesn't just give up because he is not winning this race.


Second in London would still be a IPC World Cup race. Another athlete


who has come home and negotiated, he is legally blind. And we think the


winner of that IPC race has also set a world record. Certainly some very


good time is being set. That course record held by this man here is two


hours, four minutes and 40 seconds, and that may well be slipping away.


The world record is just over a minute quicker than that. Seventh in


this race last year and that was good enough to get him selected.


Controversy over the Olympic selection for the Kenyan team. I'm


still not convinced the right team got through. This is a real return


to form. A tough race. You see the Times, don't you? You don't see how


they perform. Doesn't tell you. It just tells you the finishing time.


And you have two look, go through the spectrum and work it out, see


exactly how that race was run. is also a significant difference


between man -- marathons in major cities and championship marathons.


And we came into this race with the Olympic champion, Stephen


Kiprotich, and he is not one of the favourites to win this race because


he is not fast enough, whereas in the championship, you can win a


championship. There is a difference. Different people are doing it,


different people are doing it. There aren't many events where the Olympic


champion is not necessarily the best marathon runner, and the Olympic


Games is an example where sometimes, the best run in the world doesn't


win. In marathons, it's not like and 200 metres to go is the athlete


in third place in this IPC World Cup contest. One turn to go. And then,


the welcome sight of the London Marathon finish. And he certainly


will not have experienced crowds like this before. The times have


been magnificent. The Italian, looking very comfortable. He has the


mall all to himself. And all of these races will continue on into


the athletics season, both on the track and on the roads as well. Very


good time, though, once again, at 2.55, inside three hours. All three


athletes have been decided, all visually impaired. Won't be long


before the mall is packed full of Embankment. Buying Tim, -- behind


him, many casualties out there. Stanley has not only lost second


place, he has also lost third place. Brendan was even talking about the


likes of Stephen Kiprotich not finishing this. Even though he's


moving better than anybody, I am not sure this one is that much quicker.


Just gives you an idea of what that pace has done. Absolutely. Very


tired legs. And Stephen Kiprotich has stuck to his pace. Might


actually see him move through and get through to the top 45. This is


inevitable. -- the top four or five. He obviously was going flat out


about halfway point and 30 K, and now, he is paying the price. When it


goes, it goes completely. In this instance, the encouragement is not


doing him any good. The leader is the guy who slow down the least. We


can't tell quite how fast he is going on the Embankment, but he's


enjoying this bit of the course and race. We are seeing changes


happening at all points. There's the other athlete who was favourite.


Showing some experience and showing caution in the last stage does help.


That's his team-mate, ahead of him. trying to work out how far back


years. -- he is. A few minutes ago, lots of chopping and changing.


Particularly when that group pulled away. Still well over a mile because


we have not passed that red telephone box yet. Still in the


lead. The strongman of the marathon just past the halfway point. Now, he


is coming through strongly. Went and made representation to government


about selecting him. The disappointment that date was that


three Ethiopians dropped out of the Olympics. But there we are. Is he


slowing significantly? I think he's starting to struggle a bit, but is


this before. He is very good at finishing quickly. Even back in


2008, at the Olympics, when his opponent ran so well, I think Mutai


is aware, he has got to be scared. He looks more tired than he did


one-mile ago. He is also starting to look behind him with a lot of


concern. I am not even sure if his brain is functioning. He could not


get the cap of the water bottle. Not every blade takes a drink at 40


K. -- everybody. He did, and he is definitely stronger. Whether he can


make up the distance, I don't know. I think that is less than 28


seconds now. It certainly isn't 28 seconds, Steve. There is the tiring


leader, Mutai. We can see the Olympic bronze medallists from 2008,


the man who wasn't allowed by the Ethiopian federation to come to the


London Olympics last year. Now, Emmanuel Mutai is attempting to win


it for the second time. Behind him, you can see he is being chased down.


Once he realises there's a race on, the gap that was 20 seconds, it is


definitely not that now. I make it about 12 seconds, and it is closing


with every stride. There's an air of inevitability about theirs. This


diminutive Ethiopian, I think we all think he could have marathon he


ran brilliantly to win in the autumn. That was some kind of


consolation. But look at this. Now, with about 1,000 metres to go, are


we to see a new leader? I think you would bet on him at this point. But


apart from being the strongman of the marathon, apart from being


strong in these late stages, he has got ace -- a fantastic sprint


finish. He has got the confidence of the chaser. He is catching the


leader. What does he do? Does he go straight past? That is the right


thing to do. There he goes, straight pars. A forlorn glance


from Emmanuel Mutai. He can't do anything about it. Now, the


strongman of the marathon, the man who wanted to come here last year


and win the Olympic Games, he begged with his Federation, Haile


Gebrselassie took his case up and he was not able to persuade them,


but here he is, returning to London, where he has won before. He is a


distance when and is now hitting the front and moving away. -- a


distance winner. He is a tiny figure, a man who trains so hard.


He grew up in poverty, one of 13 children. He used to and $1 per


week collecting firewood. Then he started running seriously to cater


for his family. He is running because he wants to. He loves to do


this. This man, a few miles ago, you would have bet on him to do it.


Now the compact figure in the blue vests from Ethiopia looks over his


shoulder, and he realises that with 600 metres to go, he just has to


keep it going and he wins the London Marathon for the first time.


He will be close to a good time, too. Look at the difference in


cadence between the two. He is almost like a boxer as he is


running there. A much faster turnover. More bounce and more


alert. You can see that Emmanuel Mutai is hanging on for the finish


line and concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and


slowing down with every step. a return to the streets of London.


He has judged it perfectly. His story has captured everybody's


hearts. One of a family of 13. Lots of poverty around him, but full of


riches today. He was denied the opportunity because of official


done to run in the Olympics, which he so badly wanted to do. But here


he is, coming back, after winning in Chicago, that here he is again,


and here is his best. One more turn, one more street. One more straight.


Kebede, with that style of his, fully suited to the marathon. On


this toughest of days for the marathon world, one of its best has


come through to be victorious. Kebede, he won in America last year


and now he comes into when his second London Marathon. A race


which required Supreme judgment, confidence in your ability, not


panicking when other seemed to be forging on, not worrying about the


clock, concentrating on your own performance. Emmanuel Mutai looked


as though he would have the race. He was not able to maintain it.


They have all slowed down so much in the second half. A strong second


place for Emmanuel Mutai. He will be happy to have been in the top


three, but to have victory snatched away in the last half a mile will


be a tough one to bear. It is not what happens at the halfway point,


it is what happens at the end. Abshero, the athlete from Ethiopia


who dropped out of the Olympics, he finds his team-mate on the finish


line waiting for him. These two are good friends. They train together.


There they are, the two Ethiopia's I first and third. Well done to


Ethiopia today. And forth as well, Brendan. -- fourth. Wilson Kipsang


is finishing strongly. Not his race today. That could be Stephen


Kiprotich in the background. He hoped to come to London to win last


year. This year, he asked to settle for fifth place. -- he Hasted. And


then the Olympic champion just behind these two. There he is,


Kiprotich of Uganda. A pretty solid performance by him. He is not


considered to be able to rein to could see it all of the way.


know who might be happy with that? Mo Farah. I think now he will be


thinking, well, I am happy I dropped out. I was feeling good


about point. Of course, not everybody knows what happens in the


second half. I think Mo will be happy with what he has done and


what happened in the second half. Absolutely. He got a good run out


for the half-marathon that he wanted. These guys have learnt the


hard way that running negative splits is the easiest way to run a


marathon. It is easier to run faster in the second half and the


first half. You use up all of your glycogen stores and then it becomes


all about keeping going. It is a war out there just to keep your


body going in the direction you want it to. I don't know, is he the


first European finisher? I think he might be the first European


finisher. We will keep an eye out for the first British finisher.


Paul pollack is ahead of Derek Hawkins. He runs for Ireland. Derek


Hawkins, Scotland's best marathon runner. Scott Overall, we think I


concluded, all pretty much concluded. Still some very tired


elite runners out there. When did you ask about advice, I always go,


take a leaf out of the elite athletes' book. Don't go out too


hard. One or two pulling up in the streets now. Hopefully all of these


people have judged it well. They have got a long way to go. These


cars have been a start, also. -- have been stars. The women's race


was 61.68, so they are completely opposite races. The men's was


slowing down and the women's or was speeding up. For me, that is the


fascination of the marathon. You never know what you are going to


get either at the front or the back. This is at Cutty Sark. The crowds


have stayed out to cheer those who are going to take a little while


longer than others. I am not sure he is in the race! He has just been


diverted. Maybe he is. I am not sure. Just went out to get the


shopping and look what happened. It doesn't matter how long you take.


It is about the challenge of the you want to cheer on metaphorically,


you can tax last -- text last or send us your tweets. Later on, we


will be scrawling summer across the screen. We will be reading a few


out. -- scrawling summer across the haven't prepared well, it can


really attacked you in ways you don't want to. Even the very best


can struggle if you don't get it right. The man who was the world


record holder in this event was Patrick Makau. That is him, there.


It was a struggle from the start for him. The clock now showing


about two hours and 30 minutes. He is going to be running over two


hours and 14. We have seen a tough day for some of the stars of


marathon running. Gelana, Makau, haven't seen Geoffrey Mutai, either.


We heard rumours that he had a hamstring problem. He is the man


who ran the fastest ever marathon. It did not qualify as a record


caused because of the downhill nature of Boston. -- a record


course. Makau, the only consolation he has today is that he is still


minutes, proximally. At 10am, the main race started. The peak finish


will be somewhere around the 4.5 hours point. The finishing crews


are started to get limbered up for the masses as they were startled --


will start to build. Big Ben will watch over them all. You can see


Big Ben from such a long way away when you are approaching, and


sometimes, I have done it myself, you think, it is not getting any


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nearer when you are tired. her debut over the distance. Talking


about qualifying for Scotland, shouldn't be too long before we see


Derek Hawkins. In fact, as I speak, he is coming in front of me now. He


has got 150 metres to go, and Derek will be the first British man to


cross the line. It will be outside his personal best. There he is. It


will cement his selection for Scotland. Crosses the line into .16.


He has had problem with his preparations. Derek was hoping to


run well under two, 14. -- 2.14. Down at The Mall, we will be


watching them finish four hours to come yet. For the town -- time


being, we are going back to again! Crossing the line with a


smile that size and no sweat on his body at all was remarkable!


Obviously, a big day for London. Six days after Boston. You must be


incredibly proud of the way the marathon and the city has responded.


It's fantastic, typically British. People are saying they have not seen


crowds like this for eight years. Maybe next year, I can get out on


the course and soak up the atmosphere. As you said, the way


that Boston has dealt with it has been remarkable. It will never get


anyone down here. The great thing about the marathon is no matter what


colour, religion or nationality you are, everyone comes together. To


raise money for amazing courses as well, that you can never take away


fro people. It really important message after the bombings is your


people said you would be here. was never an option. Everyone is


here. No one has changed their plans. The volunteers, security,


nothing has changed. It is the British way. Millions of pounds


raised for charity. You are patron of the London Marathon charitable


trust. Yes, as Sir John said to me, �50 million was raised last year. It


is a great opportunity for people to come along and raise money for their


own personal charities, big or small. We are very lucky that we


have a huge amount of places given to us for all of our charities. We


are hugely fortunate for the marathon does for us. We are


immensely grateful to them. I will continue to show my support where I


can. You have just announced another challenge for yourself! Yes, walking


with the wounded is something I had been involved in the sometime. It is


an amazing opportunity. I only managed to do four days last time.


Anyway I can support these guys I will. If that means walking 280


miles, no one told me that when I signed up for it, now I know it is a


hell of a long way! I don't hold the guys back. It will be a fantastic


race and fantastic cause. It will raise money for all these people


around the world who are having to carry on their lives with injuries.


Certainly has been a fantastic day the London Marathon, you never know


what to expect. Tiki Gelana went down there! The crowd are enormous


here. The quickest men that have ever run this distance, all in there


highlights so far. The full result second place. The Olympic champion,


Stephen Kiprotich, was sick. In the women's race, it was a different


story. -- was sick. The game changes Priscah Jeptoo introduced were too


much everybody else. She won in London in, 2013. Edna Kiplagat tried


to hang onto the world champion. The Olympic champion we saw early on.


Susan Partridge the first British athlete to cross the line. She was


in ninth place. As far as the men's wheelchair race was concerned, eight


athletes came into The Mall together, but it was Kurt Fearnley


who sprinted ahead of everybody. He won the honour said today, ahead of


Marcel Hogg of Switzerland and as Van Dyke of the Republic of South


it was honours to the United States in first and second place. Tatyana


MacFadden actually one in Boston less than a week ago. And Sandra


Graaf, we missed her finishing, but she finished in third place.


Christine Dawes in fourth place. David Weir, of course, we expected


him to be in the honours today. Just tougher. I had four months off. I


had a tough winter as well, but I felt good in training. Fitness is


totally different, though. Some bits I was struggling a little bit, but I


always struggle the year after. The London Marathon is always a tough


one for me. But I'm happy. You can't win all the time. I bounced back.


The question would be: How do you follow last year? Do you think


motivation will be a problem? really. This year, I can pick and


choose what races I want to do. I always do it on a four-year cycle.


I'm 34 and I've got to save my body if I want to carry on for the next


couple of years. I can't peak of every single rose that I do. Last


year was a tough year. To get it but controversy early on. Tiki


Gelana, the favourite, the Olympic champion, a nasty incident there.


Josh Cassidy took her out. Both of their race is ruined. Josh Cassidy,


rightly so, very upset. Afterwards, speaking to officials and lots of


issues commonly once resolved. -- he I've mentioned before, and I don't


know who's responsible, but every single year, we to overtake the


women. We overtake them and there are ten shares going over 20 miles


an hour, and the poor women are just scrambling to find their feet. And


sure enough, one of them knocked into me. I had a brand-new $200 pair


of wheels that are damaged and who's going to pay for them? It's really


frustrating. It's got to change. obvious thing would be to have


stations at opposite side of the route. The safest thing would be to


have the wheelchair race first. Because one of these women are


bidding to get knocked out unconscious at some point. It's not


worth it, having this programme. If it's going to cause injury or harm,


it's not worth it. You got a few bumps and bruises. Are you OK?


OK. I'm sorry for the way your London Marathon worked out.


that something you have had to deal with in races before? It's quite


normal. All the athlete briefings, everyone is made aware of how we


have to be. But at that particular point in the course, you have to


make a decision in the chairs which way to go. Perhaps, the men's pack


should not have gone so close to the tables. The danger is when you are


coming in from behind because the runners can't hear you. If you shout


anything, it might send them the wrong way. It's one of those


situations where everybody really need to be aware of what's going on.


Paula Radcliffe is in the commentary box. Is that something you have ever


fallen foul of? Absolutely. When I've been out, running, and have the


vehicles around me, I have had the wheelchair pack come past me, and


then they have the lead chairs with them. The later wheelchair riders


have made me jump as they have come past me. It throws you of your


rhythm a little bit because you're not expecting it. Here, the girls


weren't expecting it. Suddenly, there are wheelchairs in the way.


It's difficult. It's difficult to anticipate exactly when the


crossover would come. Maybe a way round it would be to put the drinks


tables in the early stages, on opposite sides of the road. I know


that's the way in mixed road races. But they have the drinks on the


tables down the middle-of-the-road said it -- the women go one side,


He is the world record holder so there's a reason he is not happy.


There's an argument to start the wheelchair race first. I know a


huge amount of work has been spent trying to optimise the start times.


The guys in chairs are going so quickly now that we might be able


to push them closer together. weir talks about the post-Olympic


year. What do you make of their performances? I know they both had


extended holidays. They need to be in the right frame of mind. Dave


was watching what was going on. There was an element of pushing


around the road. In the final finish, he wasn't there. Shelly


Wood may be more disappointed, four minutes down. That is it for the


elite race, pretty much. We are going to focus on the masses now.


Still a lot to look forward to. You have to be over 18 to win -- run


have to be over 18 to win -- run the marathon. But we have got the


Mini Marathon. An inspiring story of a mother and daughter from the


Isle of Man are running for a cause close to their hearts. For Andrew,


the marathon was one of his ways of losing weight. And we will be


catching up with many more stories. One of the things that will help us


to get those stories is our reporters around and about along


the course. We start with the Denise Lewis.


I am here at Tower Bridge, the halfway stage. Just the sight of


this iconic landmark we give the run as a real psychological boost


as they know that half of the task is complete. From here it is six


miles to Canary Wharf, where, waiting for us, is Katharine Merry.


90,000 people work here, but for one day every year, the business


district opens its road to 35,000 runners in the London Marathon. I


am here at the 18 mile point. The athletes are dwarfed by some of the


biggest buildings in the UK. The band is here. They will send them


on their way to Big Ben and the face of Colin Jackson. I am


standing right under the world's most famous clock tower. By the


time they reach me, it is the 25 mile point. Just as they go around


the corner, they will have the site of the finish. That should spur


them on. I will be grabbing some people in the crowd and reminding


line, he will become the first person to complete the race with


motor neurone disease. Mark, a former professional footballer and


father of three, had been working as a coach when he was diagnosed in


2010. Since then, he has completed the Liverpool marathon, and to date


has raised thousands for the Motor neurone disease Association. He


hopes that a cure or life-saving drugs can be found for those with


the disease. Kimberley Hazelton was only 24 we


spread and which she gave birth to her twins. Both were born weighing


less than two pounds. Tragically, Jack lost his fight to survive.


William, her Grace the arts, survive and grow stronger each day.


-- against the odds. Kimberley is supporting the charity Bliss, who


were then added to support her. -- began to deteriorate, to the point


where she was bedridden for almost a year. When Michelle was


prescribed a new treatment, her life changed. Within three hours,


she could stand again, and weeks later she was walking. She will be


running the marathon with her Janet. She is running for Bliss,


which has been to -- a support to her. If the course gets tough, her


mum will be there to support her. This is Crystal Palace. Oh, my gosh,


look at the rain! My mother started running in 1970...


1971, I think. I ran the Irish National Championship and by one


that in a time of something in the order of 2.38. You look like Simon


the Sports were such a help. Wes -- when she suggested to run the


marathon, I thought she was mad. This is very close to her heart. --


bliss. Hope was born at 26 weeks. The first thing I thought was, oh,


my God, is she going to survive? She was literally the size of your


hand with arms and legs dangling down. There's all of these


potential issues that arise. What is that? They were worried about a


heart murmur. Two blood transfusions, vomiting after every


feed. Luckily, in her situation Qureshi has some difficulty --


luckily in her situation, she had some difficulties but they were


result. The charity really helped us. They are just amazing. I


thought I would like to give back. The last marathon I would have run


would have been in the early 1980s. So, 30 years since I ran. The


competitiveness has not gone away! I bet she would clip me on the line.


She always has to be in front. always like to be in front. I get


given out to by Jan all the time, get back. We are going to finish it.


Crossing the line together will be amazing. The emotions on the day, I


am not prepared for that but I see you both. It has been a long


few weeks and months. How is it for you? The atmosphere is amazing. The


people and support, well, it is moving. The people we met before


the start, it is amazing. We get to know each other's life story. It is


a whole life experience. That is what today is about, isn't it?


Everybody has a story. It is very humbling. There has been tears


already. And your little girl will be watching. I saw her at eight


miles. We will see her at the end. We just need to find a toilet!


Whitehead will be delighted to be coming down the Mall to huge cheers.


He puts his muscles on display. Later on this year, he plans to run


from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise over �1 million for various


cancer charities. There's not one person on the Mall who will not be


slightly jealous of the ability of Richard Whitehead, whether it is a


sprint of a marathon. He has got it all. A superb time. Very close to


day overlooking London on, I think, one of the best days to be in this


city, London Marathon day. We are now going to look at some of your


messages that are coming in. So many be well are watching out for


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year. We expect Chris fan will -- fennel, who will break the three


hour mark. Also, the Bobby Moore fun, it is the 20th anniversary. --


Bobby Moore Fund. They will be making him proud. And 41 members of


young athletes. The whole Yeats family, Oliver, Toby and Sophia,


on behalf of a juvenile diabetes Foundation that are led by the


enigmatic Henry waters. He is 71 years old now so that BT will be


able to get home with his bus pass. somewhere on the course. Good luck,


Scott. Jenny is raising 3005 udder pounds for the St Elizabeth Hospice


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but have your hair bleached a reporters, who are in various


strategic positions and are ready to feed back on some of the many


are you supporting? We are here supporting the honeypot


children's charity. We support parents of vulnerable children aged


five to 25 years. We are here to cheer them along, they are making a


fantastic effort today. A lot of support and respect for the horrible


scenes in Boston last weekend, you were not put off by that?


People have turned up en masse and it speaks volumes about the level of


tradition in the London Marathon. I run it a few years ago, it is good


to be cheering on people this time. Why aren't you doing it again,


Richard? We will have to see, wait and watch this space!


Thank you. John, you are back again, 12 London


Marathon, it is incredible. That is 12 years post-heart transplant.


If it wasn't for a heart transplant I would have died in the summer of


2000, but I am man died in a car accident and I was lucky enough to


get Steven's heart. With that gift I have managed to run 12 London


Marathon's, see my kids grow up, my eldest son and his partner have


given me two grandchildren. Hot dies -- transplants save lives. I would


like people to join the donor register and become someone else's


Whewell, like Stephen is mine. And become a lifesaver.


Absolutely. You are running on the spot, you


have your carrier bag, Chris, taking on your water, how are you doing?


Really good, I hit the wall from 16 to 17, but I started to pick up


again, feeling good. You are saying it is your first marathon, I do


enjoying it? The crowd really gets you going,


when you feel you are slowing down someone shouting your name, it is


brilliant. Who are you raising money for? For


the Irish heart foundation, a really good cause.


You are making me jump up and down as well!


non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at only eight years old. After six months of


chemotherapy and with the Kirov great Ormond Hospital, they were


able to save his life. Although not fully cured he is an exceptionally


good health at once to mark the 10th anniversary of his release from


hospital with a special thank you to the team who saved his life.


James is undertaking his first marathon after losing his second


son, Sebastien, to stillbirth. The loss came as a huge shock to his


family. Unfortunately there was no medical explanation for what


happened. James, supported by his wife Helen and son, Alex, decided to


dedicate their run to a charity designed to prevent problems that


occur during pregnancy so other parents can avoid losing a child


through stillbirth. In 2004, John Reynolds was left


struggling to what even the shortest distances after strong bouts of


radiotherapy for a thyroid condition. Since recovering, he has


run more than 50 races from half marathons to ultra marathons. Last


year he broke the world record for the longest distance run under seven


days. He is running for the National osteoporosis Society could intends


not to take his bones for granted. -- to remind himself not to take his


A year ago today, Lord acting was diagnosed with a brain tumour


following brain surgery and intense radiotherapy she is out here today


trying to prove herself. She wants to prove to herself and others that


things will be harder after brain surgery but not necessarily


impossible. What an inspiration, raising money for the National


Hospital of neurology and neurosurgery. Linda Kennedy, running


for Maggie's centre, improving her run on 2.30. Keith Gosling, running


for joint action on the Orthopaedic Society. Adam and Matt Chatterley,


Adam runs six marathons in six continents last year and they are


here to try and run under three hours. They are raising money for a


school in Ethiopia. You don't know this, Steve, but I own a share of a


racehorse with Sebastien Coe, and our trainer, Tom Simon scum is out


running today. -- Tom Symons. I am not even going to mention the


racehorse's performance! Linda Jenkins is running for Whizz-Kidz,


and she says my 93-year-old grandmother will be watching and it


will make her day if I am mentioned. For Linda's grandma, I hope it makes


your day. John Brewer is running for the Riding for the Disabled


Association in Bucks. His daughter, Emma, works there as a volunteer.


Daniel Baird, good luck to you, and Stuart Mason, raising money for


doing flag, an amazing charity that relies on donations to enable 200


children to have a holiday of a lifetime with Phil medical support


in his New World. -- dream flight. There are two runners running for


SportsAid with many thousands of pounds raised for young sports men


and women in the UK over a long time now, in fact. Tim is the Chief


Executive and was delighted on Friday to announce the fact the


Duchess of Cambridge was becoming a cape -- patron of SportsAid. Tim has


also said he is due is in the London Marathon as a warmup for a 100


kilometres event coming up later this year. A quick word about sport,


as well, we lost one of the great patrons of young sports men and


women in track and field athletics, Genentech -- Jean Pickering, who has


been supporting young athlete all over the country for many years. She


is the wife of Ron Pickering, the Ron Pickering Memorial fund will be


swelled to the hopefully by many thousands of athletes. Let's wish


them the best of luck. Millions of pounds being raised for charity


today. Susan Vernon, running in her 20th


marathon in memory of her son Oliver, she raised over �5,000.


Helen Douglas, a filial -- physiotherapist, raising money for


dream flight. We will continue to bring you those


stories, but the stories at the beginning of the day were about the


elite race. The first racer -- elite race. The first racer --


winner was Priscah Jeptoo. Priscah Jeptoo, the winner of the London


Marathon women's race, you were third last year, second in the


Olympics, now you are the champion. Today I am very, very happy because


I could not believe I would be the winner of today. I thank God because


I am very happy, because I am the winner today.


You won by a very long way, was it a tough race?


It was, everyone is coming here and is really prepared for this race. I


am very happy because today I was confident that I would make it


today, because last year I was third place. We loved watching you run,


many congratulations. Earlier on, the winners of the men's


and women's elite races received their medals from Prince Harry. As


we watched Tsegaye Kebede come through, it was an outstanding


performance, hardly breathing at the end. The first Ethiopian to when for


nine years, it has been a Kenyan domination of this race. This


performance, at one stage it looked maybe like it would be Emmanuel


Mutai. The athletes struggled to cope with the early pace, but the


one who did best was Tsegaye the chance to look at the


spectacular views on a beautiful day in London. We had hoped for this,


after what happened in Boston matter week we wanted a great show today


for the world marathon running, and I think we have got one. We have two


fantastic winners and Priscah Jeptoo, hard training partner one on


Monday in Boston. Tsegaye Kebede, former champion, coming back and


timing his race perfectly today. We approach one BN, three hours, --


1pm, I know that one man who might be hoping his finish, Stephen who


watched on TV at few years ago and took up a major lifestyle change, he


was overweight and smoked, he said if he ran a personal best he would


get out a cigar at the end. Three We have to stop meeting like this.


We have to stop meeting like this. Can I have a kiss from you?


Go on, on this side. Are you finding it a bit tough this year?


We ran after far too fast. Struggling a little bit at the


moment. Have you been hydrating? I have been rehydrating. There are


so many people running for great causes, I can complain for England,


Brendan and Steve Cram and the rest of them know that. This man lost


Lily at eight months and has never complained once. She was our little


butterfly, she flattered only to Blakely and our lives. All of these


families we are running for. Like Jonathan said, it has been six


years since we lost Lily. She died of mitochondria will condition and


we now support over 60 families, and this year we went over the �1


million target. It has been tremendous. It all started when


Jonathan, somehow, I'm still not He is draped with the star-spangled


banner, you are at 18 miles, first-ever marathon in London, how


is it going? It has gone really well, I was


inspired by the events in Boston, I have a friend stopped half a mile


from the finish line so I am running in her honour as well as those who


could not finish. This marathon had extra significance


than a week ago? Absolutely. How are you feeling? A


bit more emotional, as you said? Absolutely, there are a lot of


Americans out today cheering me on as well as the support from the


London crowd, it is inspiring. will let you carry on, you are on a


PB form, you said? The nuns from Derby! We are all


running for Cancer Research UK we have to say a very special shout out


to our friend and neighbour Jane, one of our inspirations, but also to


Lee, Steve, Ian and all the people who have been with us training, and


we are all doing it together, Arent we, girls?


Yes! Well, you look like you live in good


shape. Doing, really, really well.


Everyone is so supportive! Is this your first marathon?


I feel like a celebrity, everyone is shouting my name!


Enjoy the rest of it. Neil has confirmed to me he is


banana man, my colour vision had him as Batman. You have run this a


couple of times before, you must be hot in there?


They said it was going to be cooler than this, you have to go with the


weather and make the most of it. have done it twice before, you are


back, but is it about the London Marathon two it is the crowd, I love


the experience. What is banana man raising money for


today? I am raising money for sense on


behalf of deaf and blind people. -- Sense. You may be hot but you are


doing really well. The river has always been a central


part of this event, but it is really the time they spent closest to the


river at the end that people enjoy the most. They have half an eye on


Big Ben as it approaches 1pm, the first landmark time, three hours is


very good running, just inside a the background there. The clock has


their race perfectly. Three hours is a really good benchmark. Just


outside the three hour mark for these people here. Boston, of


course, central to all of our thoughts. So many people who like to


do both events. Many others who travelled from Boston to come and


take part in London. Many are wearing just the name Boston on


their T-shirts or carrying banners. Well done! There's another Boston


T-shirt. I think we will see lots of the marathon course very


effectively. Good running conditions well. Again, as I said, this is an


event which people come all over the event which people come all over the


world to take part in. It was the purple distinctive top that made me


stop! You're back to London, but this time different from last year?


I watched everything last year and took part. It has been brilliant.


Everyone has spotted and recognised it. Atmosphere is fantastic. Whilst


the charity? It's a charity that a long disorder, and one of my good


friends is a sufferer. Any support is brilliant. This is your 30th


marathon? Yes, and I have another 20 targeted! Thanks again for last


out here. I've got to do! Only 60 minutes left. I've got to be here!


Have you done 60? No, 33! One year, I did it three times in the same


day! Well, you're looking in tremendous shape. The crowd is


absolutely fantastic. It's kept me going. It's great to see you. Nice


me. Just a jog today, though? to say a big thank you to everybody


who supported me in the stadium. Last year, with my success in


London, I decided I wanted to come back and support the IPC towards


having a classification. I want to give something back to athletics.


Some shots of you running down the Some shots of you running down the


Mall. Describe that. I'm showing off a bit! I'm built for sprint in, so


I'm just getting the guns out. I was doing that the 20 miles, believe it


or not! What does the future hold for you? For me, it is about


supporting the progress of athletics and whether that's for the team or


whether it's just me as an athlete. I'm 36 years old, I'm looking to


support the legacy of the games, the sport. It's opened up so me


different doors for me and I'm so grateful for that. Hopefully, I'm in


grateful for that. Hopefully, I'm in Rio and defending my gold medal.


the immediate future, you have the world Championships this summer.


That's right, and the anniversary games in London. Today was an


amazing atmosphere. I was running across London Bridge on my own, and


all that noise, it reminded me of the 1st of September when I had my


200 metres. Hopefully, the anniversary games will get back to


big legacy. I wanted to enjoy it. My coach wanted to make sure I got over


the finish line safely. Seizing, marathon World Cup. No surprises for


the Paralympic 5000 metre champion. Just ahead of another guy in the


same category. I actually thought it was an athlete from Italy who came


third, but obviously mistaken there. Richard Whitehead finished a


little bit down the table. And there's different classes, this time


That Paralympic marathon World Cup has been highly successful and long


may it continue. Some agrees there. Batman! This is for the death and


the blind. I haven't got any problems, so I help charities.


Hopefully, next year, the marathon in South Africa, where I am from.


How are you feeling? This dude has got superpowers, believe it or not!


But if you put water on, it calls you down. That's only because your


Batman! Onwards and upwards, young Farah, running just half a


marathon. He dropped out at halfway. He got a massive response from the


crowd. He went through very nicely crowd. He went through very nicely


indeed. He pulled out halfway. Then he is passing Cutty Sark. And it was


an electric early pace. Then he goes race. Was the race and event


everything you expected? For sure. In terms of the race and preparing,


I did everything I can, but watching the race was amazing. A lot of stuff


has changed. By watching it, I learnt a lot more. What was the


biggest lesson learnt? Being able to pick up my drink. At one point, I


made a mess! That takes a lot out of you. You have seen the race unfold.


What have you learned from Emmanuel Mutai being overtaken at the end as


well? Well, that's what you got to do. The guy who one is really


strong, he won it before. In a way, you timed it really well. I thought,


wow! That's confidence in using that. I heard Paula Radcliffe saying


you need to save the fastest pace for the second bit. Definitely. I


learnt a lot. As I came off the bridge, the pace picked up. At the


same time, a lot of stuff has changed. You've just got to be


patient and take your time and be confident. Having that experience,


I've learnt a lot. What have you learned about the build-up? Are you


surprised you have had to defend yourself so much for doing half a


race? Just can't believe what people think. At the same time, you got to


know what's best for you. And this race works best for me. If you look


back, all the guys who have been pacemakers, they were pacemakers a


couple of years ago. A lot of the guys, before they come to the big


one, they come as a pacemaker. For me personally, I have learnt a lot.


That's all that counts. You're a double Olympic champion. You can do


whatever you like. What's next for you? My first track race will be in


June. I haven't decided whether I will do five K or ten Cate, and then


just get ready and come back for the European cup in Glasgow. -- ten K.


just want to tell everyone that not quite conquer. We discussed


beforehand: What we have to say now? I think it worked perfectly for Mo


Farah. He saw the best parts of the race in terms of the running. He was


very respectful. He did not affect the pace at all. If they had picked


up the pace when he dropped out, that might have been a bit of a


worry. But that didn't happy -- happen. I guess you will be -- I


guess he will be it is out of the way now. He was a bit shocked with


all the controversy. When you are a pioneer like ears, you can almost do


what you want. He is committed to running next year. He might have


learned a little bit but it is not significant for next year. Can he be


as good a marathon runner as a 10,000 metre runner? He doesn't know


that yet, and neither does is coach. It's a risk because he is still the


best 10,000 metre runner in the world. But to be perfectly honest,


he's had a bit of fun today, enjoyed it, it's been great having him here,


and my 20 quid says he will win the London Marathon one day! He has had


an amazing day. He has savoured and sample the atmosphere here in a way


he was not able to do on the same scale. He has come back, as double


Olympic champion. A lot of Biba have come out just to see him. He has


experience that plus all the magic of the London Marathon. Part of him


will have wanted to carry on, and part of him will want to do that


next year. And the way he saw the second half of the race go was


nowhere near a negative split. He can record it and watch it later.


The crowd in London have been really excited about seeing more fun, our


double Olympic champion - I don't get tired of saying that.


You are right, the point we keep making, the thing that Mo will take,


he is an avid fan of distance running and he wants to learn. If


you are going to come and run the marathon, he will have watched this


with more detailed today and learn you have to be treated -- careful


about how to approach it. I guess the biggest danger for -- I am


sitting next to someone who'd just a tactic from the start - is there


will be expected next year. As long as he can temper the expectation of


little bit and deliver a great race next year, whether or not he needs


to run 2.4, 2.5 to win it, we will see it. Would you put him on for


next year or do you think it is a bit soon?


To win or to run? To win. I am not like Brendan, I


don't like throwing my way -- money away that easily. I year is a long


time in athletics, though, and we want Mo to have a great year this


year on the track. I want him to defend his World Championship title


and, come next year as the double Olympic world champion, and still


world champion, then get excited about his potential marathon career.


I am setting on the fence as best I can and saying he will run really


well next year and he is capable of winning.


I would like you to show more confidence, than spending �20 on our


double Olympic champion. You mean thing.


�20 is a lot of money for a Sunderland fan.


Mo will be running the marathon next year, and you can, too, if you want


year, and you can, too, if you want to. Template -- entries will open on


Monday the 29th of April available from the London Marathon website.


And this evening, 7pm on BBC Two, the London Marathon highlights.


Don't miss that, there is lots more three years ago, but you were saying


it is hotter than before. It is very hot, I am struggling badly. You said


I looked fresh but I feel terrible. I'm keeping going, I am running for


heart research UK, pioneers in heart research, a couple of friends have


had heart issues and are back to work recovered thanks to these guys.


Is it a help or a hindrance running in a kilt? It is fine.


I have quite a lot of air going on there so I feel cool and refreshed.


I am going to carry on now, right? Best of luck.


Panda man, you are in this incredible heat, how are you


feeling? Why the Panda?


Everybody loves it, it makes everybody smile which keep you going


because you see everyone smiling. Who are you raising money for?


I am raising money for Leukaemia CARE.


Keep going, you are doing brilliantly. Enjoy your marathon.


Good luck to everybody who is running for Starlight, an


organisation which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill


children. There is a lot of good runners running on behalf of them.


Also, a colleague of hours, Executive Producer of the Olympic


Games last year has just had his 50th birthday. I reckon he is


suffering a little bit in the heat, as are a lot of the athletes. Good


luck, as well, to Lauren Hardings, running for whizz kids, Becky Jones


running for Cancer UK, and James Farrar, running for our PSP, an


organisation set up to support those with retinitis pigmentosa.


Just to mention one or two have crossed the line, our first


celebrity, James Toseland, world superbikes champion, who is playing


his first gig in Skegness on Friday night, he did well to get back from


that, you did it in three hours and three minutes. Not as quick as Nell


McAndrew. I know she has had a baby recently and will be watching. A


little further down the list, quite a few celebrities still out there.


After 27 years, 1986 he ran under three hours 30, John from Ireland


has come back 27 years later to run with his sons Vincent and John, and


they are all trying to beat their dad's time. Also, Lauren and Drew


Hollinshead, both running for leukaemia and lymphoma research.


Also Colonel Stewart toddled on, who commanded the first Para regiment in


Afghanistan, they -- there is a stretcher unit raising money for the


parachutist Afghanistan trust. Guinness Book of World Records


confirmed various categories for the London Marathon this year, the


fastest marathon dressed as a film character, mail, he came as Jack


Sparrow and he did it in two hours 42. We have had the fastest marathon


in a nurse's U, also mail - there is a female category - -- and nurses


from trying athletics club, John deals will be down on Birdcage Walk


with his newly charged up megaphone shouting the odds at all the


athletes. One of the runners managed to raise about �2000 for various


charities but was too late to get her number authorised at the London


Marathon exhibition yesterday. I'm lucky, let's hope you can do it


A familiar face alongside me, a veteran of 13 London Marathon is,


how does that one rank? I have to say, I was hoping to beat


minute three 8.36. -- 3: 8.30. I am disappointed.


You are dressed as a world wrecked -- normal athlete, but you hold the


world record for being dressed as a baby two I saw someone dressed as a


baby, and I also saw the world fastest schoolboy, I had that record


last year. That has been beating, as well!


We have been standing here watching all the athletes coming through,


what our vantage point it is. I have never noticed the Shard


before. This, today, is a perfect day for running. There are no


excuses this morning. Cool, light breeze, the crowds are amazing as


usual. I am running for leukaemia and lymphoma research, if you want


to sponsor me, you can. We are here to represent the charities to get on


the telly to represent those charities. Today is the sort of day


you remember the people you love and, you know, it is a magic day and


a great celebration. Tony, thank you very much. See you


next year? I will be back!


We knew you would. What possessed you to run in a


gorilla suit? I am running for a CSV to raise


money. Fantastic crowds. Were you expecting to run for a time


just finished two I want a good time, Guinness record. I think you


As a coach for the Tayside Special Olympics team, disability has always


been close to Carolyn's heart. After her mother-in-law relapsed with


cancer and her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer,


Caroline decided to dedicate this marathon to them and raise funds for


two charities while also raising cash for Perth and Kinross


disability, which aims to increase export -- sport participation in


people with disabilities. Martin and Damien are running in aid


of make a wish foundation. Martin's daughter suffered a rear embryonic


disorder. At the time of her diagnosis she -- it was so rare, she


was only the seventh person known in the world to have this. Two years


ago, make a wish foundation was able to grant her one of her dreams - to


visit Disneyland. It was the trip of a lifetime. The aim today is to


raise �6,000 for make a wish so other families can have a chance of


achieving the dreams, too. Nicknamed the godfather of


marathons, Steve Edwards has run 583 official marathon races. His


incredible journey has taken him all over the world and has seen him


break several world records. For him, the greatest reward has been --


is being able to give back. Today he is running for several charities


their own fitness, running to raise money for charity, and they do it in


some strange ways. Keith Bigby, and he has run the London Marathon with


a fridge before, he has carried around a washing machine, this year,


we have not seen him yet, he is dragging a cooker. Why on earth he


is doing that, how on earth he is doing that, good luck and we will


find out later on, I'm sure. Well done to ten Lomas, who ordered --


organises the leukaemia and lymphoma research and gathers all those


celebrities who do such a lot in publicising as Mac publicising the


fund. Mike Bushell is out there this year from the BBC, LSE ale from


Emmerdale, all of these people have come into ten 's contact. He


persuades them to run and lots of them, like Tony, become long-term


runners. Well done to the banana Army, you will see the fluorescent


T-shirts, they are out there in numbers.


Simon Stephens is out there somewhere, running for Macmillan


Cancer Relief support just a short while after running the Brighton


Marathon, and five weeks before running from London to Brighton.


Respect to him for all the money he is making for Macmillan Cancer


chosen by our first ever producer of the London Marathon and it has


lasted 33 years. Now, when you hear the music were you think of the


and a painful last few yards, for Andrew Strauss. Chatted to him a


couple of times this week. He was determined to beat his missus. I am


not sure if he has. He is said to be about three and a half hours. He


is not far off. He has done very well. That is the pace he was


setting out at. The former England cricket captain, of course. That is


a pretty good effort. A lot of Bain said during the week with the


celebrities. -- a lot of chat. Nice face! We have just got the result


through. I am delighted for Adam Chataway. Three hours and 10


minutes. Well done, Adam. Your dad people get home and watch it back


and don't realise they are running alongside the celebs. They are


right alongside Andrew Strauss. He is just another marathon runner.


That is a really good performance. Almost spot on to his predicted


time. Looks like it has been hard work out there. It is for everybody.


I am not sure how many miles he got in training. It must have been a


few because that is a solid run. Trying to raise a sprint at the end.


that wrong! It is the helicopter that is moving. They are in the


Shard. It is about a mile to the top of that. One of London's new


landmarks. That is such a facet of this race. Boston has its history,


and of course, this week it is even more in our thoughts. For the


people who have come to run in London, it is an emotional day. I


am sure it has helped to move some of those memories of last week.


JONATHAN EDWARDS: Some stunning shots of London and some


inspirational shots of the athletes finishing the course. Many of them


are running to raise money. Half a billion pounds raised since this


race started. Last year, one young woman took on the chance to raise


woman took on the chance to raise money. But her race ended, sadly,


in tragedy. It went global. 30-year-old Claire


Squires from Leicestershire was one of 80 runners who set out in last


year's marathon to raise funds for The Samaritans, for whom her mum


had worked as a volunteer for 24 years. But she collapsed just a


mile from the finish and tragically died. As the news spread, donations


flooded into her web page from the UK, and indeed from around the


world. Remarkably, more than �1 million was raised by the woman


whose family described her as beautiful, inside and out. At an


inquest, it emerged she had innocently taking illegal


supplements as an energy booster during the race. But a now banned


drug was found to be a factor in her death. On this poignant


anniversary, The Samaritans, working alongside her family, have


set up a programme of projects all of which she would have been proud.


Her friends are running today in her memory for a variety of


charities, including one named the Claire Squires Effect, a fitting


tribute to a remarkable woman. Rachel, from The Samaritans, is


with me. A trade took -- a tragic story, but one from which some good


has come. She has left an amazing legacy, and it is very sad, and we


would wish to bring her back if we could, but the money that has been


raised is going to help save lives. And the money is still coming in?


We have noticed that quite a bit has come in during the last week. I


think with the anniversary tomorrow of her death, people have really


thought it is a poignant time to continue to donate and support the


charity. Thank you very much and gathering for Andrew Smith, the


finishing director. This is his busiest time. Everybody else has


had their glorious day. Now he kicks into action. Also, the


medical director of the marathon, he has got 1,000 medical volunteers


and 120 doctors on the course to look after the welfare of all of


these people. A fantastic effort out there, and a great effort by


all of the volunteers. Overall on the course, this is a grey day. --


beautiful weather conditions here. One or two of the athletes we have


seen coming down the Mall today are suffering a bit. It has been very


hot indeed. Frost on the ground this morning, but gradually the


conditions have got hotter and hotter. That has made life quite


difficult for some of these runners. Never the less, we are approaching


the time when we will have a peak volume of people coming down the


Mall towards the finish. A beautiful sight in London.


JONATHAN EDWARDS: The first runner to come through the finish were


earlier on this morning. They took part in a Mini Marathon. It


comprises the last three miles of the course. Denise Lewis can tell


us what happened. I am at the start of the Mini


Marathon. It is a series of races for people aged 13-17 over the last


three miles of the course. Today, 2000 young people are running. Mo


Farah, Shelly Woods and David where have all won it in the past. I


wonder if there are any future stars in this field. You seem


excited. I am buzzing. It is going to be brilliant. We're hoping for a


high standard. This is my first time. I'm usually a sprinter.


ladies, how are we feeling ahead of the race? Nervous! Very nervous.


You will be fine. Who are you running for? Braden.


I have been joined by the birthday Boys. How are you feeling? Quite


nervous about the race. I want to get it right but I want to enjoy


the experience as well. You have both run before, haven't you? We


didn't do too well last year so we are hoping to do well in this one.


Typical young ladies, you are giggling. We are excited to be on


TV. What about the race?Yeah, that, too. We want to meet Prince Harry.


Feeling good. It has been a good, hard winter. Hopefully, it will go


all right and we can set a benchmark for the field. It is a


great atmosphere and a great race to do at the end of the season.


I am here with a very famous face, especially if you are a fan of a


certain North London football club. It is Arsenal and England's Alex


Oxlade-Chamberlain. What are you doing? I am here to start the race


behind us. I am starting some of the other mini marathons today.


Then I will be at mile 23 to chair the body over the finish line.


is brilliant to see so many people turning up, isn't it? It is. As a


young sportsman, I try to excel in my field. To see so many young


people trying to a cell in mayors, it's a good thing. Good to see you.


-- to excel in there. Paul got under way with some


enthusiastic athletes. -- Mini London Marathon. They started at


old Billingsgate and finished under the London Marathon entry in the


Mall. As you have already heard, some future stars may well be among


them. Especially when you consider that Mo Farah was a Mini Marathon


winner between 1998 and 2000. That is not that long ago. The winner of


the under 17s men's race was Alex George. He is obviously a promising


athlete, and a very good finish. J Dick Jones looked out standing as


an under 17 wheelchair race won a. -- Jade Jones looked outstanding as


an under 17 wheelchair race winner. As for the under 14 s, Isaac towers


warmer. Bobby Clay won the women's race. She is a fine cross country


runner. Good on the road as well. A fine track athlete, too. We can


opened just to the London boroughs but it has been extended now to


to be presented the prizes by how were visiting Prince. Very pleased


because I was not expecting to place in the top five. I felt good


on the day and went with the mood in the end. It is really nice. You


have all of the spectators inside, cheering. Even when you feel like


you are losing energy, they put energy into you. It was tough with


the guides and things. The weather has been perfect and there have


been so many supporters. This is a fourth race in London but your


final one. You are too old next year. Yeah, my last one. I am not


sure if I am ready for the full marathon yet. We will see how it


good performance from her. She does plenty of training. She did start


off trying to pace Iwan Thomas. Did a fairly good job, but she has


beaten him. We reckon he is about another 10 minutes back. She knows


she has had a good run. A bit of a bonus to beat UN Thomas as well.


Well done. Keep him in his place. - - You When Thomas. She is passing


people, loving this. Why not? think she has just butted her sons


in the background. -- spotted. done, Sophie. Winning the battle of


the news readers, I am sure. day. You look good. How are you


feeling? Can I have APD back to the end? If I could, I would!-- a ride


hopefully going to go under four hours. Hopefully I will get there.


You have just got a mile to go, but I am sure that even if you walk,


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds


you will get under four hours. Well much everyone losing pounds. For one


runner losing pounds became a life or death situation. Here is the


story. I was just over 24.5 stones, also suffering anxiety and


depression for about three years. It wasn't until my dad died that I


realised that I needed to do something about my weight. He was


aged 58 and died at the exact same age as my grandad. On the day of the


funeral I looked and realised how big I was. I was very embarrassed,


very upset, as well. My wife, Nigel Meek, she said, shall we go and see


a doctor? -- -- Naomi. The results that came back, he said by Christmas


2011 I would be diabetic, a matter of months, and that is if I hadn't


suffered from a heart attack or stroke. This time I was really


days in the gym. When I started I was over 24.5 stones, know I am 16.


In my first 12 months I lost eight stone. Without I doubt I have


improved -- improved my health. One minute I was told by what I could


potentially died, to be doing one of the most famous marathons in the


world, it is going to be amazing. The charity I really wanted to go


for was children with Cancer UK to raise awareness of children with


cancer, and raise awareness of obesity, as well. Let's not make


excuses, all people are being asked to do is open the front door and go


for a wok. A walkable country a fast wok, a fast wok will turn into a


run. You are not being asked to join a gym by the expensive trainers,


just open the front door and go out and have in mind that, truly, life


is no rehearsal for the next. I intend, no doubt, no matter what


gets in my way, I will make it to the finish line. I will be thinking


about my family, certainly thinking about my dad... When it comes to


that finish line, it is going to be inspiring, I used to come and watch


the London Marathon not long after my running to be had finished, and


there was a few years of sitting in the stands cheering people at the


finish, you have to go and experience this, there is nothing


like it. It doesn't matter how fast you are going, it doesn't matter if


you walk some of it or all of it, it is getting to the end that is the


story, that is the achievement, that is the challenge.


It is the biggest family in the world, the marathon running family.


And there are more and more of them, all around the world, it is


something that is still spreading. In 1981 there was less than 10,000


in the London Marathon, although around 20,000 applied to take part.


As soon as these pictures were being viewed, people all over the country


then all over the world wanted to become part of this event and others


which have grown in cities all broken out there. The Guinness Book


of World Records have confirmed that one or two others. Fastest man --


marathon in a school uniform, male and female, three hours two minutes


and three hours 14 minutes. We saw someone dressed as an insect, Laura


Bartlett has already crossed the line and broken that world-record


dressed as an insect. The rules are you have to keep your wings and


antenna on all the way round. She managed three hours 24 minutes. Well


done to her. David Ross, the fastest winning a wetsuit, three hours 25


their own story to tell out here today, and no matter whether you are


an elite runner or a mass runner, everyone will have the difficult


patch is somewhere around the course and take away different memories,


but one thing they will all come away with is a sense of how great


the London Marathon is, how strong the London Marathon is and what an


amazing experience it is out there amazing experience it is out there


for everyone taking part. It is Jane's seventh marathon, you


are looking very fresh and is it yellow or green? It started yellow,


I may be looking green after 17 miles. Why are you running for


leukaemia and lymphoma research today?


My mum starred as Mike died of leukaemia when she was only 37. I


will always be grateful to them and I thought today would be a good


opportunity to try and raise more money for them and it gave me the


opportunity to paint myself yellow, as well.


Always nice! A final word, the crowd, they are pretty special


today. They are amazing, I have been to marathons in different places but


this is the best in the world, it is fantastic.


And sociology! I am just after the 22 mile mark,


Paul is the band Matt last night bandmaster, what is the name of your


wonderful band? It is the Romford drum and corn at court.


These guys are tired and they are just playing, never mind running. --


drum and cornet corp. We wonder if you would mind can


doctor, we're getting a bit tired now.


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Are you up for that? Denise Lewis conducting the band


there, she looked like she was enjoying that. She is obviously a


better conductor than she probably ever will be a marathon runner,


anyway. It has been a great day so far, thousands have many miles to


go. That is the 18 mile mark at Canary Wharf. London pride has been


so much a part of this event, and that sums it up, really - pride in


London and pride in the world of marathon running in what has been a


very difficult week for everyone involved. It was important we had a


couple of great races here. The elite races graced by Priscah Jeptoo


and Tsegaye Kebede. Now there are and Tsegaye Kebede. Now there are


all these wonderful sites to enjoy. We are coming to the end of our


coverage on BBC One, what a day it has been, here are the highlights,


particularly from the elite races. In the women's race it was per


schedule to who came to to take an outstanding when, the biggest in her


marathon career so far. It was an Ethiopian, Tsegaye Kebede,


who took the men's race, a lightning opening but he timed it just right.


Mo Farah ruled out halfway, but we will see him next year for the


complete distance. I wonder how he will do.


In the men's race, David Weir was looking for his seventh title, but


it was Kurt Fearnley who took it. In the women's race, Tatyana


MacFadden, who won in Boston seven days ago, came to London and won her


first London Marathon. If you fancy first London Marathon. If you fancy


some gymnastics that is on BBC Two right now, the European


Championships. Then the London Marathon 2014 entries open on April


19, and the website, correctly this for about another hour, we will


continue to get all of the stories, the wonderful, inspiring athletes


and the reason they are running, and and the reason they are running, and


the London Marathon highlights and the reason they are running, and


the London Brendan Foster alongside me, a few quick words, it has been a


fabulous day for Fat -- marathon running in light of Boston, hasn't


it? It certainly has. One of the objectives when Chris


Brazier and John Disley -- Chris Brasher and John Disley founded the


marathon was to have fun, some sort of happiness and a sense of


achievement in a troubled world. That was one of their bit cleared


games, but today we have had fun, people are happy, a sense of


achievement and it is a troubled world, so fantastic.


Thank you very much indeed. It has been a wonderful day here, as we


close our thoughts are still very much with those affected by what


happened in Boston. From all of us perhaps one of its most important


years. It is playing its part in helping the old marathon world he'll


lead, Dick wouldn't so cruelly inflicted in Boston Mass tweak. --


it is healing the wounds so cruelly inflicted. The crowds are enormous


year. The quickest men that have ever run


The men's race really hotting up A significant break by Priscah


Jeptoo, the Olympic silver medallist. Priscah Jeptoo, the


Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the 33rd annual London Marathon, as world-class runners and 36,000 fundraisers compete in one of the world's most famous races.

The elite men's race has attracted all three marathon medallists from last summer's Olympics and six of the 10 fastest runners of all time. In addition, Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah will get his first taste of an elite marathon when he runs the first half of the course as a fact-finding mission ahead of his full marathon debut next year.

Farah will be up against the likes of marathon world record holder Patrick Makau, Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, world champion and Olympic silver medallist Abel Kirui, and reigning London champion Wilson Kipsang.

In the women's race, Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana defends the title she won last year but faces tough opposition from the likes of Kenyan world champion Edna Kiplagat and compatriot Priscah Jeptoo, who won silver at the London Olympics.

Great Britain's four-time London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist David Weir and compatriot Shelly Woods will defend their wheelchair titles.

The day for the majority of runners, though, will be about setting personal bests or simply completing the 26.2 mile course. We will hear from some of those who are running for the many charities who benefit from one of the great events in the British sporting calendar.

Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Phil Jones, Sonali Shah and Katherine Merry report from across the course, with race commentary by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson, six-time London Marathon wheelchair race winner Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe.

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