The 2014 London Marathon was picturesque with the monumental and historic London backdrop, rounded off perfectly by beautiful blue skies, sunshine and a 10 deep crowd at almost every railing throughout the race! Results were positive for the British athletes, although by the likes of Mo Farah’s extremely high standards he will have been hoping for better than 8th place…but let’s put this into context. Mo said he felt the 2014 race was “a bad day in the office”, but this is considering this was his first marathon, in a field of seasoned marathon runners who had world records apiece! Mo’s time was only a minute outside Steve Jones’ British record, but the champ that Mo is saw this as somewhat of a failure. I think it’s fair to say that by any standard Mo’s efforts were valiant, especially considering he had not long collapsed at the finish line of the New York Half Marathon only days before!
Despite the anti-climax to Mo’s race, he claims that he will do another race:
"I will do another one, don't know where or when," he said. "I don't want to finish on a low. It could be in six months' time or in a few years' time."
Credit to Mo, but also hats off to Britains Chris Thompson, Ben Livesy and Scott Overall for the men who all finished in the top 20. Massive well done to Amy Whitehead and Emma Stepto for the women who finished 31 and 32 respectively. Heartbreak for Weir in the wheelchair as he finished 2nd to Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, but what an incredibly valiant effort once again in his pursuit of a 7th win in the marathon!