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The Londoner will run only half of today's course
Using painkillers before running a marathon could cause serious side effects, experts have warned.
As well as showing solidarity with Boston, the race will revive last year's feel good factor
Modest Ugandan returns to London knowing a repeat of last summer’s shock win will be tough
Paula Radcliffe has admitted she may never be able to compete again as she struggles to overcome a foot injury.
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.
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 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.
The final bill for the London Olympics is expected to be more than £400m under budget, but the saving will not be spent either on helping pay for the Olympic Stadium's redevelopment or as a windfall for grass-roots sport.
The original Panorama investigation was brave, honest, and crucial. How disappointing then to see such serious material replayed in a cheap advert
Neil Black, the new performance director of UK Athletics, stressed last night that Paula Radcliffe's omission from the governing body's Lottery funding list – the World Class Performance Programme roster for 2012-13 – had nothing to do with her age, and pointed out that two elder stateswomen of the sport have been named on the list for the first annual phase of the build-up towards the Rio Games in 2016.
How did you spend the past 24 hours? Probably not in the same way as Scott Jurek did one day in May 2010, when at the age of 36 he ran non-stop for 165.7 miles, setting an American record.
Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets under way in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.
Britain's runners, jumpers and throwers flew into London yesterday on a back-to-the-future mission. The declared ambition of the home track-and-field team, when the action gets away in the showpiece Olympic Stadium on Friday, is to launch a new golden era and to take the public profile of British athletics back to the heady days of the 1970s and 1980s.
Ethiopian Olympic 10,000 and 5,000 metres champion Kenenisa Bekele will head a field including his younger brother Tariku in the British Olympic trials 10,000 final in Birmingham this Friday.
Eddie Izzard has had to abandon his gruelling challenge to run a marathon each day for 27 days in South Africa due to "medical complications".