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London Marathon 2014 in pictures

Mo Farah waves after finishing in eighth place at the London Marathon 2014. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Despite failing his bid to win the London Marathon, Mo Farah left no doubt that he would return for a second tilt at the title.

"I will be back, one hundred per cent. I'm not going to finish on a down," he said.

More: Mo Farah: I will be back and I'll do better

Champion runner Haile Gebrselassie was recruited as pace-setter in an effort to encourage a record time - but forecasters said the heat may have had an influence on the race.

A 25-year-old man sacrificed a personal best time to ask his girlfriend an important question - but said getting down on one knee was "pretty difficult".

Read: Runner proposes to girlfriend 200m from finish line

Tony Phoenix-Morrison from Hebburn was running for Cancer Research UK with a Smeg fridge weighing more than six stone strapped to his back.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison carries a fridge as he runs the marathon Credit: PA
David Weir (centre) prepares to begin the Men's Wheelchair race Credit: PA
runner dressed as Big Bird at the finish line Credit: PA
Runners dressed as a post box and a Rhino at the finish line Credit: PA
A runner holds up a sign after finishing the Marathon Credit: PA

Labour politicians Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan posed for selfies in their running vests before the race began.

Sadiq Khan shows his medal at the finish line Credit: PA

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen took part in the race, along with Emmerdale's Tony Audenshaw, presenters Sophie Raworth and Jenni Falconer.

Michael Owen with his medal. Credit: PA
Tony Audenshaw (left) has his artificial buttocks grabbed by two other members of his team before the London Marathon Credit: PA
Sophie Raworth (left) and Jenni Falconer before the Virgin Money London Marathon. Credit: PA