I really admire the talent of elite long distance runners, the physical condition their bodies are in and the mental strength they possess. Just looking at their Personal Best times for the marathon distance makes my legs burn, feet ache and stomach go queasy. All clock in at around 2hr- 2hr 20 marathons - that is something to be very proud of!
Some top names to look out for in both the men's and women's fields are as follows:
Edna Kiplagat - last year's London Marathon champion and current World Champion
Mary Keitany - two time London Marathon winner and current New York Marathon champion
Florence Kiplagat - last year's London Marathon runner up and current half marathon World Record holder
Priscah Jeptoo - 2013 London Marathon winner and Olympic silver medallist 2012
Wilson Kipsang - last year's London Marathon champion and former World Record holder
Dennis Kimetto - current marathon World Record holder
Kenenisa Bekele - triple Olympic gold medallist
Emmanuel Mutai - 2011 London Marathon champion
Paula Radcliffe - world record holder and three-time London champion - is also using the London Marathon this year to say her farewell to marathon running. I can remember watching Paula race many a time on TV, her head nodding along as she pounded the pavements and/or track. It will feel quite special knowing she is running the same race as me, although I am pretty certain she is a safe bet to well and truly beat me!