London Marathon 2014 round-up

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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.”


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This was the first time I had ever competed in the London Marathon and I was not disappointed. The Atmosphere was electric, the crowds and supporters and other runners were amazing and the weather couldn't have been better. Before I started running I wanted to set a personal best for a marathon and what better location then one of the most famous courses in the world but as I started I felt myself slowing down to a comfortable, laid back speed and took in all the sights, sounds, music, entertainment, costumes and togetherness that only this type of sport will bring out in people (Plus I got to meet a sporting legend Chris Robshaw on the side line.) Running the last 1 mile into Westminster and toward Buckingham Palace was a real heartwarming and overwhelming feeling. Although I was in fact a whole 20 minute off my personal best, but my god it was worth it. Most enjoyable marathon I will ever have the pleasure in running, and what a medal to add to the collection.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:04

Well done bassrunna sounds like you had a great time. I had the pleasure of the London marathon a few years ago and so far have found only the great north run and Dublin marathon get anywhere near to the atmosphere of London. The wall of sound you hit at canary wharf is unforgettable!! 


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 20:44

Bassrunna your post sums up my experience of last weeks London Marathon perfectly. I had one of the most amazing days of my life. Never thought I would enjoy running 26.2 miles quite so much. Having had an injury I went out just to enjoy the day and finish with a smile. This was my first marathon.I finished in 5.05.37 which I was happy with especially as I finished strong. Due to injury I followed a run / walk plan as initially suggested  by Sam Murphy (SamMurphyRuns) to another user. I would like to thank Sam if she reads this for introducing this idea to me. i ran 4/1 and it worked well for me, no injury, fairly even splits and felt strong at the end. 

Hoping I get lucky in next weeks ballot. 

Berlin in September when I will be aiming for Sub 5.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:22

Didn't think I'd make it to this year's London Marathon due to illness in the winter. Full report and a short video at http://keithscovell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/virgin-london-marathon-2014.html

If you finished just before me in around 3 hours 17 mins you might spot yourself.

Well done to all the runners, marshalls and supporters! What a day!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:00

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