London Marathon 2018: Mo Farah breaks British marathon record

From landmarks to toilets there are some brave runners in this year's London Marathon

The four-time Olympic champion, who quit the track to focus on 26.2-mile distance past year, kept pace with the leaders for most of the race but was ultimately left behind by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge - undefeated in his last three outings in this race - and Ethiopian Tola Shura Kitata.

Farah, who overcame early problems with his drinks bottle, fell well behind Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:32 to break Steve Jones's British record achieved in 1985.

"It was a hard way to run the pace because we were set for the world record pace at the beginning..."

"I'm very very surprised to be honest", said the victor, who claimed T54 1500m and marathon titles on home soil at the Commonwealth Games.

"It's so different to the track". 'I still enjoy the win and I'm happy to be able to win for the third time in London'. "I gave it all, 110 percent as I normally do", said Farah.

BC-ATH-London Marathon, 1st Ld-Writethru, 235 Kipchoge wins 3rd London Marathon; Cheruiyot gets 1st titleAP Photo TH127, TH126, LON104, TH105, TH107, LON807, LON805Eds: APNewsNow. "But at the end of the day you've got to fight like a man". Mentally you've just got to be strong, take your drink and just pace yourself. I was saying to the people on motorbikes to tell the staff to be a bit helpful.

Kipchoge finished more than half-a-minute ahead of Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele, and two minutes ahead of British Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah.

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Women's favourite Mary Keitany attempted to break Paula Radcliffe's "mixed race" record - assisted by male pacemakers - but the Kenyan struggled late on in the race, eventually finishing fifth and unable to add to her three London titles.

He won $55,000 (approx Khs 5.5 Million) for crossing the line first, while Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and third placed, Britain's Mo Farah collected $30,000 and $22,500 respectively.

Farah, the multiple Olympic and world gold medallist who turned his back on the track previous year to concentrate on road racing, briefly threatened a shock victory in his first serious attempt around the streets of the capital. Lily Partridge was the first British women's finisher in a personal best of 2:29.04. "I can't do any better than what I did", Farah said.

David Weir roared his way across the line as he won a thrilling sprint finish to take the men's wheelchair title for an eighth time in 1:31:15, while Australian Madison De Rozario triumphed in the women's wheelchair race in 1:42:58.

McFadden had been forced to miss racing in London past year after surgery for blood clots and was glad to be back.

After nine miles Keitany and main rival Dibaba were 25 seconds ahead of Radcliffe's time.

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