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Brendan Foster hails Blitz spirit of London for pressing ahead with Marathon in face of pandemic


Invalid EmailBrendan Foster has hailed the Blitz spirit of organisers in refusing to surrender to the pandemic and pressing ahead with tomorrow’s London Marathon.


Yet London has found a way to stage an elite race in a bio-secure bubble in the nation’s capital - and even got Mo Farah to run as a pacemaker for Brits in search of an Olympic qualifying time.


Long-time voice of BBC athletics Brendan Foster (Image: Birmingham Mail)“As Jos Hermens, the manager of Eliud Kipchoge, said to me: “Typical London.


Kipchoge is odds-on to win his fifth London title - though his first over 19.7 laps of a screened-off course in St James’s Park - after the shock withdrawal last night of world number 2 Kenenisa Bekele due to a calf injury.


London Marathon winners Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei with Prince Harry (Image: WireImage)


The Kenyan took time out from his final preparations to praise Farah for showing a “massive heart” in agreeing to help his compatriots achieve their Tokyo goal.






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