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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

London Marathon: Tiki Gelana adds to town's illustrious list

When Tiki Gelana won Olympic gold in London last year she was only doing what has become expected of a runner from the small town of Bekoji, some 170 miles south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Among them will be 60 runners attempting to set an array of Guinness World Records – including Jerome Timbrell who hopes to complete the fastest marathon as a mascot while dressed as a fire extinguisher

2012 all over again: London Marathon's search for the Olympic spirit

As well as showing solidarity with Boston, the race will revive last year's feel good factor

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich waves his national flag as he crosses the finish line at London 2012

Stephen Kiprotich at the London Marathon: I get recognised after the 2012 Olympics but will still go back to being a prison warder

Modest Ugandan returns to London knowing a repeat of last summer’s shock win will be tough

There will be no chances taken with security this weekend

Police and security stepped up for London Marathon following Boston bombings, confirm Home Secretary and organisers

Increased screening at the registration points for the 37,500 runners have been introduced

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.

Boston marathon eyewitness report: I was 100m away from the explosions, waiting for a friend to finish

As we walked home we were palpably aware that either of us could have been killed

Boston Marathon: Oldest modern marathon dates back to 1897

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world and dates back to 1897, when it first ran after inspiration from the 1896 Olympics event.

British police 'reviewing security plans' for London Marathon in aftermath of Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead

Police are reviewing security arrangements for Sunday’s London Marathon in the wake of twin bomb attacks that left three dead at a race in Boston.

Paula Radcliffe has admitted she may never be able to compete again as she struggles to overcome a foot injury

Athletics: Paula Radcliffe may not race again

Paula Radcliffe has admitted she may never be able to compete again as she struggles to overcome a foot injury.

Album: Devendra Banhart, Mala (Nonesuch)

If Mala wasn't conceived as Devendra Banhart's Europhile album, it's doing a damn fine impression of one.

Mo Farah is interviewed after winning the New Orleans half marathon

Mo Farah - polite man

And now, in nice-man news, Mo Farah has run to the defence of an interviewer ridiculed for not realising she was talking to a double Olympic champion.

Dwain Chambers set for Gothenburg

Dwain Chambers has been included in Great Britain's team for the European Indoor Championships despite failing to impress on his return from a back problem.

Mo Farah crossing the finishing line to win gold in the 5,000m final

Mo Farah to make appearance at London Marathon

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will run half of this year's Virgin London Marathon before making his debut over the full distance on the streets of the capital in 2014.

Mo Farah is playing catch-up after taking an extended post-Olympics break: 'I am not in terrible shape but I am behind my training partner'

I'm playing catch-Rupp in training, admits Mo Farah

Mo Farah admits he is playing catch-up after taking an extended post-Olympics break. "I am not in terrible shape but I am behind my training partner – a month and bit behind him," the 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold medal winner confessed.

Flower power: The Games Makers inspired a legacy of volunteering

Maria Miller: Cameron and Coe working to ensure Olympic legacy

Clearly people's attitudes towards disability were blown out of the water

Taxpayer will not foot Olympic bill as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped Locog meet £2.4 billion cost

The taxpayer will not have to make up any Olympic budget shortfall as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped organisers Locog meet the £2.4 billion cost needed to stage the Games.

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