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  • 13 April 2014, 10:47

Marathon: Mo Farah Hopes To Take London Glory

Olympic hero Mo Farah is among the favourites to win the London Marathon as he joins 36,000 runners tackling the 26.2-mile course.

The long distance specialist won gold medals at 5,000 and 10,000 metres in the capital but has never completed the full London Marathon course.

SkyBET were offering odds of 6/1 on the 31-year-old shortly before the runners were due to line up, compared to Kenyan Wilson Kipsang at 9/4, Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede at 100/30 and another Kenyan, Geoffrey Mutai, at 9/2.

Farah faces a tough challenge with the frontrunners being some of the strongest in the event's history. Kipsang is the current world record holder and Mutai has won twice in New York.

But, despite not being the favourite, Farah has been backed by more punters than any other competitor in the London Marathon's history.

Beating the existing British record of two hours, seven minutes and 13 seconds, which was set by Steve Jones in 1985, is Farah's target.

The race has a pacemaker, Haile Gebrselassie, who has been instructed to set up a world record attempt.

Farah will be hoping to put the setback of the New York half-marathon behind him, when he tripped and fell as he crossed the finish line.

The current women's title holder Priscah Jeptoo from Kenya is favourite to win the women's race.

Paralympic champion David Weir, nicknamed the "Weirwolf", is hoping to become the greatest wheelchair racer in the event's history by winning his seventh title.

Famous faces taking part will include former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen, Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, and Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Jr.

The amateur field includes Katie and Polly Ryall who are aiming to beat the world record for fasted combined time for a pair of sisters, beating the existing record of five hours, nine minutes and 14 seconds, while running for the charity Sense.

The races start at Blackheath and Greenwich Park from 8.55am and end on The Mall.

Many roads in central London will be closed and some delays are expected on public transport.

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