Can Mo Farah win in London?

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10/04/2014 at 21:26

At the business end of this year's VLM, Mo Farah will be entering unknown territory, and to win would need to overcome an array of world class marathon specialists such as Wilson Kipsang.  Is setting a new British record (currently 2hrs 7mins 13 seconds) a more realistic target at his first 'serious' marathon attempt?

10/04/2014 at 21:48

Yes I'd agree

10/04/2014 at 21:52
Yes, the British record should be his target.
I think it's a bit much to expect a win on his debut especially with the class of the other runners in the field. It must be one of the strongest elite fields ever put together.
10/04/2014 at 22:17

I've just read that Farah has 'hired' long distance Ethiopian Legend Haile Gebrselassie as his pacemaker.  That's like asking a 'Red Bull' mechanic to tinker with your ford fiesta !!!!

10/04/2014 at 22:48

I know its unrealistic, and its a lot of pressure on a debut but... I would LOVE him to win it! I think that would be fantastic and I shall be cheering him every step

10/04/2014 at 23:18

i read if he gets the record, he will hold the records from 1500 to marathon. Don't know if it's correct or not, but if so amazing. 

Edited: 10/04/2014 at 23:18
10/04/2014 at 23:21
Seriously? They say imitation is a kind of flattery but seriously? Couldn't think of an original name?


I dont think Mo will win. He might run a new British record but there is too much experienced marathon runners around him.
10/04/2014 at 23:42

Apparently Farah isn't even going to start off with the lead group which Haile is going to pace until 30k. Instead Mo is going in the second group so he'll have a bit of catching up to do.

11/04/2014 at 00:17

Running owl, err no, vmlm hired heile for PR. As slowkoala has said Mo appears to not even be going in that lead batch he wants to go through half way 30 seconds slower than that group, then see how many he can stalk down, as they said in Paris the pb for a newbie is 2:04:16 or 46? Or something like that if he could get near that for a first marathon thst would be special.

he's amazing and I'd love him to win, but I don't think he can, but hey what do i know I haven't got as much running talent in my whole body as he has in his little toe nails (if he has any left) 

Edited: 11/04/2014 at 00:18
11/04/2014 at 06:35

Haile wasn't immediately successful at the marathon distance although was exceptional at other distances. Mo has a very high level of talent, and has over recent years proved his calibre many times on the track and the road.

I, like many others, know that getting everything right on the day can be difficult but I wish Mo all the best for a successful race

Getting the British record?, yeah I'd have thought so

Winning it? , not sure but what a great day it'll be for British running if he does.


11/04/2014 at 06:56

I agree FellZebra but just feel that as usual the press are hyping up everyone's expectations. He may run a great race in a great time but not win. But the press will be down on him like a tonne of bricks.

11/04/2014 at 07:18

SK - I fear that if Mo breaks the British record but doesn't win (In theory he could even come something like 4th in that field, and still get the British record), the general public may look at that as a failure  I want him to win, but I don't think he will.

Edited: 11/04/2014 at 07:18
11/04/2014 at 07:48
If he wins what would be left for him to do bar an Olympic marathon gold?
11/04/2014 at 08:59
I'm usually not that bothered about the Elite race but this year I am.
11/04/2014 at 09:00
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

of all the people who run marathons, and those who will be running on Sunday, how many will care about Mo Farrah's time

What's his swimming and cycling like ?

11/04/2014 at 09:29

I just hope I get to see it. I'll record it on the Sky box but I'll have a house full of Sheffield United fans so it will be a footballing Sunday for me.

Feels a bit weird actually 

11/04/2014 at 09:35

Make sure you fill the trough with swill. Those little piggies are going to need feeding. 

Oh and loads of tissues for after the match.  ;-)

11/04/2014 at 09:39
Slowkoala wrote (see)

I agree FellZebra but just feel that as usual the press are hyping up everyone's expectations. He may run a great race in a great time but not win. But the press will be down on him like a tonne of bricks.


Slowkoala, I disagree that the press will be down on him like a ton of bricks. Remember how he's well he's been recieved by the press in recent years and rightly so. That status will not diminish if he's not won it on his debut London.

Obviously hope that there's not opportunity for the press to come down on him for not winning!

11/04/2014 at 09:43

It's true he has brought focus back to the marathon as an elite running event.

I saw Bradley Wiggins at the Olympic TT and the wall of noise coming up the road from the crowd was incredible, it'll be the same for Mo, the atmosphere will be fantastic and I'm a bit gutted I'll miss seeing him cos I'm running, sod's law.  Wouldn't like to be him tho with that level of noise for 26 miles!

11/04/2014 at 10:18

It would be amazing if he did win, ive been reading his article in the latest Runners World. What time do the elite runners start? Im confused with all the different times lol!

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