Prince Harry greets runners at the end of the London Marathon

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This year's London Marathon will be tackled by a host of famous faces, including Gordon Ramsay, Katie Price, and DJs Scott Mills and Chris Evans. Sunday's marathon viewing sessions, dubbed "viewerthon", was organised by Bank of Africa.

The race was the warmest London Marathon on record, with a high of 23.2 degrees Celsius (73.8 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the previous mark of 22.7 degrees Celsius set in 1996.

Switzer, who started the women's and World Cup races before running herself, summed up the spirit of the day when she said: "London's always been there for me".

Representatives of Isuzu EA Ltd said they were proud to be associated with Kipchoge as brand ambassador. "It's so different to being on the track, it's different pain and different training but I've enjoyed it".

Kipchoge's win sealed his third Abbott World Marathon Majors win as he claimed the Series XI prize, while Keitany's fifth-place finish earned her the equivalent women's purse of US$250,000.

"I think it's mission accomplished, I wasn't thinking about time, I just wanted to fight and compete with these guys".

Keitany, who set the women's world record in London last year, ran this year's race with the aid of male pacemakers, as Radcliffe did in 2003 when setting the unsurpassed time of 2:15.25 to break the "mixed race" record. Some of the staff tried to take a picture rather than give me a drink at the start.

There are just hours to go until the London Marathon 2018 begins.

"I didn't want to race against anybody, I wanted to race alone".

Great Britain's Jade Jones-Hall, after her Commonwealth Games triathlon gold and marathon bronze, finished seventh in a time 1.50.04, her quickest time on the London course.

Kipchoge joined compatriot Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron as the only men to win London three times. "I think you learn and next time make a better plan, a better bottle, maybe an Arsenal one", he said.

Cheruiyot, 34, took advantage of failed attempts by last year's victor Mary Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record.

Meanwhile Lily Partridge became the first British athlete to complete the gruelling 26 mile course in under two and half hours.

"Everything know is going to be focussed on the European Championships in Berlin and I believe I've got the chance to medal".

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