Congratulations Ady Fry via Twitter who was just one second out from Eliud Kipchoge's 2:04.42
The 35th London Marathon takes place this weekend. Why not get into the spirit of the event by predicting the winning time? The best guess wins £100 worth of kit. Simply email email@example.com with your prediction to the nearest second. Predictions so far range from an optimistic 2:01.23 to a more modest 2:06.26, with most people predicting 2:04 something. The competition closes the moment the race starts so there is still plenty of time to get your entry in.
There have been some memorable marathon wins over the years.
Paula Radcliffe’s amazing world record run of 2003 really stands out. We still get goose bumps watching her final turn into the Mall with the clock ticking towards 2:15.25.
Epic duels and sprint finishes also make for great races. In 2009 we loved watching Sammy Wanjiru and Tsegaye Kebede slugging it out along the Embankment, Wanjiru constantly kicking but unable to break Kebede until Birdcage walk.
Back in 2002 the race saw a thrilling four way men’s sprint finish with winner Ethiopian Gezahegne Abera and Italy’s Stefano Baldini both awarded the same time of 2:07.56. Joseph Ngolepus and Paul Tergat followed with single second gaps.
Going further back in time Eamonn Martin, Britain’s last London winner, also won from a sprint. He timed his effort beautifully to beat Mexican Isidro Rico to the Westminster Bridge finish line. His winning time was 2:10.50.
Personally our best memories from London come from the late ‘80s, and not just because we were so much younger and faster in those days. One of the most intriguing aspects of the event then was witnessing the transformation of London’s docklands first hand. Another plus was Mars’ sponsorship, with free bars on offer at the finish line. Our PB was four!
So whether you are running the marathon, supporting from the crowd of simply watching the drama unfold on TV, have a great London Marathon.