Last weekend the 33rd Virgin London Marathon had 34,278 runners cross the finish line in The Mall after passing a record crowd of more than 700,000 spectators along the route. They watched Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win two dramatic elite races under cloudless skies, while Tatyana McFadden and Kurt Fearnley raced to victory in the wheelchair contests.
Kebede who emerged from nearly a minute behind the leaders at 35km to regain the men’s title he won three years ago, while Jeptoo made it third time lucky in London, improving from third last year to win the women’s race after taking Olympic silver in the capital eight months ago.
McFadden celebrated her 24th birthday by breaking the women’s course record to add the London wheelchair title to her Boston victory six days ago. Fearnley won an eight-man sprint to beat Switzerland’s Marcel Hug with Britain’s six-time winner David Weir back in fifth.
Great Britain’s Double Olympic Champion, Mo Farah, ran the first half of the Virgin London Marathon before dropping out at half way as planned. Mo even referenced getting ready for the race on his own Twitter page. http://www.whosay.com/mofarah/photos/327032 We love those tags on your shoes Mo and thank you for the signed tag as well…a true champion!
Ipico Sports timing equipment was once again used at the Virgin London Marathon with an astounding 100% read rate at the finish line. In case you missed it, that’s 34,278 finishers and not one miss. Now that’s serious performance!