Mo Farah breaks 33-year British record in London Marathon

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Last year, the event raised £61.5 million for charity, a world record for an annual one-day fundraising event, making the total raised since 1981 around £890 million, organisers said.

Farah, a four time Olympic champion, was running his first competitive race at this length since he switched his focus from track running to road running.

Farah finished an impressive third in the race, which was won by Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya.

Kipchoge clocked a time of 2:04:17 and the women's race was won by his compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot who finished with a time of 2:18:31. "Different pain - cramp and heavy legs - and different training but I have really enjoyed it. Tick to the British record, I have a long way to go".

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A thoroughly conquering run nonetheless, and leaves him winning 10 of his 11 marathon starts, including the Olympic title in Rio in 2016.

Kipchoge, who skipped last year's race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto's world record as high temperatures made running conditions hard in the English capital. I just had to go with it and see what happened, and if you're gonna die you're gonna die.

"I'm satisfied with the result", added Farah.

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'But to finish third with a personal best, a British record, on the podium, I can't do any better than that. I fought as much as I could. "After 30K, I was definitely feeling it; obviously with the pace slowed down a bit, I was exhausted but managed to hang in there and come away third'". "I gave it all, 110 percent as I normally do", said Farah. Definitely a tick to get the new GB record...

One wrote: 'London Marathon "uninterrupted" BBC coverage...unwatchable unless you're a fan of jumpy pictures and broken commentary, ' alongside a clip of clearly interrupted coverage. You have to go with it or hang back. "I want to thank everyone out there for their support". "When I was trying to grab my drink I was grabbing his drink and he was grabbing my drink". I wasn't wasting energy, I just needed a drink.

Chasing Paul Radcliffe's 15 year world record, Keitany who ran the fastest ever all-women's marathon last year showed early intent with Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba keeping close tabs.

10-Yohanes Gebregergish (ERI) 2:12.09.

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Farah, in only his second marathon, believes it will take two years to really master this 26 mile distance, a timeline which happily coincides with the Tokyo Olympics, held in a country where marathon running is a religion.

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