Wanjiru holds off Bekele as Keitany breaks record in London

Paula Radcliffe went 90 seconds faster when she won the 2003 London Marathon but she had male pace-makers and the IAAF, athletics' governing body, differentiate the marathon record into mixed gender and women's-only.

But Bekele dragged himself back from outside the top 10 to come within a whisker of triumph, in the end finishing just eight seconds behind the victor with Bedan Karoki third on his debut.

"I've previously run the marathon for Beating Bowel Cancer in 2013 and at the time I was running in memory of my late brother Stephen Hayes, who died from bowel cancer aged just 46".

The 43-year-old will run the London Marathon on Sunday bidding to seal a spot on the Great Britain team for the championships in the capital in August.

For some it isn't just about running the London Marathon - but breaking a world record as they do it.

Meanwhile, Daniel Wanjiru completed the course in 2hrs 5min 48sec to add to his success at the Amsterdam Marathon previous year.

"To get in my training I've been going out at 3am or 4am for runs".

There was a British victor in the wheelchair race, with David Weir storming to his seventh victory in the event to end four years of frustration since his last success.

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If you've been inspired by watching the many thousands of happy runners (when they finish at least) at this year's London Marathon and fancy giving the race a go yourself in 2018, there's no time for dilly-dallying - you need to be thinking about the ballot already.

World records will also be attempted by about 50 runners, including the fastest marathon in a sleeping bag and fastest marathon in Wellington boots. "I've run my best", added Keitany, who saw off an Ethiopian great in Tirunesh Dibaba.

"I've also received lots of advice and encouragement from Mary and Florence, so I thank them for that", she said. The London Marathon is ranked in the top six of events of its kind in the world and is a huge spectacle. I've had some tight wins here and some close seconds and thirds.

"I knew running in a Stormtrooper outfit would be quite the challenge".

Now the annual event that means so much to many people, and charities, The London Marathon, comes around again on Sunday April 23.

Ms Jakhu said: "After learning about how extremely small a charity LAM is, I felt raising funds for it could make a real impact".

JemimaSumgong of Kenya won last year's women's race and then took gold at the Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro.

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