Mo Farah to run in the Marathon

Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah will run the first half of the 2013 VirginLondon Marathon alongside some of the greatest runners of all time.

Mo Farah to run first half of the London Marathon

"We are delighted that Mo wants to run with our elite runners this year. We have been following and supporting Mo’s career since he firstwon the Mini London Marathon 15 years ago and are full of anticipation for hismarathon debut in 2014.

Hopefully, his experience of the race, the route and the unique atmosphereof the London Marathon will stand him in good stead when he takes on the fullrace next year. We are sure he will gain some valuable insights and come backfully prepared for the challenge.”

– London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher

Mo Farah to run half the London Marathon

"As a young boy growing up in London it has always been my ambition to run the London Marathon. I won the Mini Marathon when I was younger and have watched the race every year for as long as I can remember.I will make my marathon debut in the 2014 London Marathon but will run the 2013 race to half way as part of my preparation for 2014. It will allow me to understand the course and the systems I will need when I run the full distance."

– Double Olympic champion Mo Farah

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Mo Farah to run in the London Marathon

Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah will run the first half of the 2013 VirginLondon Marathon alongside some of the greatest runners of all time.

Mo Farah won two Olympic gold medals in London.
Mo Farah won two Olympic gold medals in London. Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion has agreed to make his full marathondebut at the 2014 London Marathon and will use this year’s race to preparehimself for the challenge of tackling 26.2 miles.

Farah’s aim is to test himself against the best in the world while becoming familiar with the London course.