Prince Harry Poses with London Marathon Winners Eliud Kipchoge & Vivian Cheruiyot

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Farah finished third with a time of two hours six minutes 21 seconds in only his second London Marathon, behind Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge who picked up his third London title in unusually warm temperatures in the English capital.

That allowed Cheruiyot in to take her first London crown, having won her first career marathon in Frankfurt only in October.

Everyone knew that with temperatures over 20C it would be a tough day. And so it proved.

Shura stuck on Kipchoge's shoulder like a tick for nearly 10km when the Kenyan road running kingpin chose to shake himself away from the pack, but Kipchoge changed gears in the final 2km leaving the Ethiopian gasping for breath.

Farah said: "I am knackered". It was do or die. On the road towards Tokyo 2020 it may well prove perfectly paced: "You have to go with the pace in a race like that, so happy with the way I ran, and the time" Farah told BBC afterwards.

Farah, who won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m in the past two Olympic Games, admitted his second full marathon had taken its toll in a race where there was a world record pace at the halfway point. Perhaps considering that, Kipchoge said he ran "a handsome race" for his third London title in four years.

'The drink station was confusing, ' he added.

"I was saying to the people on motorcycles to tell the staff to be a bit helpful instead of taking pictures".

"Me and the other athlete from Ethiopia had the exact same bottle and were on the same table, too. When I was trying to grab my drink I was grabbing his drink and he was grabbing my drink". "Mentally you've just got to be strong, take your drink and just pace yourself".

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Perhaps we should not have been that surprised.

Keitany, looking for a fourth win in London, also started to slow down as it became apparent Radcliffe's record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds would not be threatened. Farah continued the race carrying what Paula Radliffe stated was not his bottle. Soon he was slipping backwards, leaving Kipchoge and Kitata to duke it out at the front.

The four-time British Olympian ran the impressive time in 2003.

"The reason it was so good for me today was because I started slowly; I didn't go with the faster group because the faster group was quicker than I was at the start". I'm satisfied with the result.

"Top ten, a personal best and a qualifying time for the European Championships, I can't have any complaints, though I would have liked to have gone faster", said Partridge.

"I've got a lot to learn about the marathon but as long as I can keep doing it".

He finished 3rd in just his 2nd ever London Marathon. I fought as much as I could. Then I came slowly.

Fellow Kenyan, Brigid Kosgei, was 1 minute, 42 seconds further back.

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