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Sunday saw the biggest race in the British race calendar take London by storm. The London Marathon was declared by race director Hugh Brasher as a “record-breaking day”. The 34th London Marathon had 35, 864 finishers.
Kenya dominated the Elite race with Wilson Kipsang winning the race and setting a new course record with a time of 2:04:29, whilst Edna Kiplagat won the women’s elite race with a time of 2:20:21. For full results, click here.
Mo Farah made his marathon debut on Sunday and finished in 8th place with 2:08:21. Although disappointed that he didn’t beat the British record, held by Steve Jones, Farah declared that he’d be back; "I will do another one, don't know where or when," he said, "[but] I don't want to finish on a low. It could be in six months' time or in a few years' time." He went on to say, "It's the challenge, I want to be able to know I can run a great marathon as well as achieve medals on the track." That’s the fighting spirit we love.
Meanwhile in the rest of the race, a staggering £53 million was raised for charity. And 29 Guinness World Records were broken. Tragically one runner, Robert Berry collapsed and died after the race. Mr Berry was running for the National Osteoporosis Society and since his death over £49,000 has been donated to his Just Giving page.
Brasher closed his statement by saying: “We estimate that a record 750,000 people supported the runners on London’s streets yesterday, boosted no doubt by the ‘Mo effect’ but also by the London 2012 Olympic legacy.
“I know the whole London Marathon team will work incredibly hard to ensure that the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon is even better.
“We love saying we’re the world’s greatest marathon and we’ll continue to work hard to deliver the best possible experience to everyone involved with the race.”