London Marathon 2014 in pictures

Mo Farah waves after finishing in eighth place at the London Marathon 2014.
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
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