The 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon is going to be the race of all time and throughout the week we’ll be bringing you all the up-to-the-minute coverage from photo calls and press conferences, news updates and race preparations. So make sure you’re tuned in and subscribed to our Virgin Money Giving Blog.
The first of the exciting updates is from the press conference with Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah.
Mo has been training in Iten, Kenya and said: “there have been up’s and down’s in the training leading up to this week but that’s all part of being an elite athlete.”
Recently in the New York Half Marathon Mo accidentally caught another athlete’s foot which caused him to fall in the middle of the race. This took him off-guard and he said: “when I fell in the middle of the race all I saw was stars until I got to the end. But I’m fine now and didn’t miss any training because of it.”
Mo was also asked whether he’s more anxious than normal taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon this Sunday because it’s longer than his usual race distance? He answered: “The Marathon is different because it’s longer than any race I’ve done before. When you train for a race on the track you do short reps further than the race distance but for the Marathon you hardly ever do that.”
The main target for Mo in this year’s race is to beat the British Record time which is currently held by Steve Jones in a time of 2:07:13.
It was great to see Mo Farah looking in the shape of his life and we can’t wait to see what the Double Olympic Champion and the UK’s biggest Marathon hopeful can achieve on Sunday.