London Marathon 2018: Record Recap

Runners reach the finish line at the 2018 London Marathon. Image: Faith Waddell

The 2018 London Marathon has been one for the record books.

Mo Farah came third in the men’s elite race with a new British record.

He finished in two hours, six minutes and 21 seconds, beating Steve Jones’ 33 year record.

Mo Farah was two minutes and four seconds behind Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who won the men’s elite race.



The women’s elite race saw Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot take first place with a personal best of 2:18:31.



As well as speed, there were unprecedented numbers of runners this year.

2018 saw 40,255 people compete in the London Marathon, up by 768 from last year.



And, of course, the heat.

2018 was the hottest London marathon on record.




The Met Office recorded temperatures of 24.1 degrees in St. James’s Park.



Most runners powered on despite the sweltering conditions.



This year’s marathon was the most popular in the world, with 386,050 people applying.



As always, the atmosphere was uplifting and supportive.


Homemade signs cheer on friends and family. Image: Faith Waddell


Costumes hit record highs, too.

Of the 90 records broken on the day, most involved fancy dress!

Rob Pope set a new world record for his time of 2 hours 36 minutes dressed as Forrest Gump, the fastest time recorded for a competitor dressed as a film character.



Mr Pope is running the route of Forrest Gump through America. He’s already covered over 15,000 miles.

Other fancy dress record wonders included:

  • Amy Shadblot – the fastest marathon runner dressed as a vegetable (carrot)
  • Tim Perkins – the fastest marathon runner dressed as a tree
  • Victoria Bell – the fastest marathon runner dressed as an emoji (poo)
  • Edward Low – the fastest marathon runner dressed as a padlock






You can see more spectacular costumes here.

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