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,
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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.
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds
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.