London celebrations

Sir Mo Farah told ‘age is no barrier to success’ by London Marathon boss

Sir Mo Farah has been asked to take inspiration from world record holder Eliud Kipchoge ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Farah has yet to announce his plans for the future beyond this weekend’s event, but race director Hugh Brasher thinks the 39-year-old is a long way off. to be a depleted force at the highest level.

“I think Eliud (who broke his own world record in the Berlin Marathon last Sunday) proves – 37 years old and he runs a PB – that the age barriers we thought existed don’t necessarily exist now. said Brasher, who insisted that Farah would always be welcome at the London Marathon.

Sir Mo Farah last ran the London Marathon in 2019 (PA)

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“The door will always be open to Mo, he is Britain’s greatest endurance athlete of all time – in terms of Olympic gold medal count, in terms of world championship gold medals.

“Our history goes back with him from the mini-marathon to the fact that we supported him throughout his university journey, something that is not very publicized.

“He is an absolutely superb athlete, he will always be welcome and we are really looking forward to having him there at the TCS London Marathon on Sunday.

“I hope he runs fantastically well.”

He is an absolutely superb athlete, he will always be welcome

Hugh Brasher on Sir Mo Farah

Sunday’s race will be the last to take place in October, with the race due to return to its traditional location in April from 2023.

The Queen will be remembered at Sunday’s event, although the exact nature of the tributes has not been revealed.

“We have plans, we’re working on them right now, they’re being finalized,” Brasher said.

“We plan to honor Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As a race we had an amazing (history with her) she started our event in 2018.

The Queen at Windsor Castle presses a button to start the 2018 London Marathon (Chris Jackson/PA)

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“The current Prince and Princess of Wales started it, with Harry (the Duke of Sussex) in 2017 and gave water, handed out medals at the finish line.”

“And the history of the marathon, the 26 mile 385 yard race started from Windsor Castle in 1908, it was the first time that distance was run.

“So we absolutely think it’s appropriate to do that (to honor the Queen). We’ll announce what we’re up to later, but there will be a celebration of everything she’s done.

“She loved running the marathon, so we’ll be happy to do that.”