Kipchoge wins third London Marathon as Farah breaks British record

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Farah then briefly stumbled, put both hands on his knees, and shook his head with the look of a man who'd just been through a different sort of pain barrier, before lying flat down on his back.

Elsewhere Chris Ashby from Polegate ran his first ever full marathon, achieving a time of 5 hours 18 minutes.

"I know I can go at least 2.04, 2.05, in an even-paced race, today it was the hardest way to run in any race".

James Stockle was among the thousands of runners who took part in the 26-mile event yesterday (Sunday April 22).

Cheruiyot, 34, who finished fourth in the London Marathon past year, had a winning time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds, just three minutes off the absolute world record held by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2003, also set in London.

Vivian Cheruiyot KEN celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the Elite Womenís Race.

The setback did not affect Farah though, as he went on to better Steve Jones's British record - set at the Chicago Marathon in 1985 - by an impressive 68 seconds.

"I really enjoyed today, I gave 110% like I always do. Even the last 10km when I was bolloxed".

Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2018 London Marathon.

Kipchoge took the win in 2:04:17, outside his own London Marathon course record of 2:03:05, set here two years ago. There is occasionally a discrepancy between the starting gun and the chip at the finish, but that is normally a second or two, not 10 or 11.

As the race, started via a big red button from The Queen in Windsor, headed into its second half around Canary Wharf, Farah moved alongside Kipchoge and Kitata.

"I'm satisfied with the result", added Farah. "I can't do any better than what I did", Farah said. "I had to get it right". I fought as much as I could. "You get heavy legs, mentally you need to be strong and pace yourself".

There were 34 Guinness World Records as runners cautiously braved temperatures of up to 24°C in all manner of fancy dress costumes. It was do or die.

The 39-year-old, from Liverpool, who has run more than 15,000 miles in an attempt to emulate the character from the 1994 Tom Hanks movie, said: "I can run like the wind blows".

"I can't complain about the weather, it was the same for all 40,000 competitors".

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