25 Apr

Farah Targets Marathon Record

Mo Farah

Following his first taste of marathon running action, Mo Farah has set his sights on the long-standing UK record for the 26.2 mile distance. The double Olympic champion raced with the leaders through to halfway in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon, before stepping aside as planned. He is set to step up to the full distance at the 2014 race. Already he has targeted Steve Jones' national record of 2:07:13 seconds, set at Chicago marathon in 1985.

Farah said. "The marathon is a hard event and you don't get it right overnight. You have to make mistakes and learn from them, but I think I'm capable of breaking the British record. Who knows, the marathon might not even suit me. Having been a track runner for many years before I made my breakthrough, I know nothing takes just one race. But I know I can run to half-way strong, and after that I believe my coach will get me to the next stage. There are lots of lessons going through my head."

Farah now plans to concentrate on this summer's World Championships in Moscow where he will compete over 5000m and 10,000m, the two events he won at last summer's London Olympic Games.

Assessing his London marathon experience, he said: "My aim this year was to come and learn about the race. At one point as we came off Tower Bridge I did feel God, this is quick. How are they going to keep this pace going? But the biggest thing is that it's not just about running at that pace but all the other things that come with it. The marathon is completely different to track. It is about saving your energy and feeling good late in the race."