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2019 elite race quick quotes

Men

Winner: Sir Mo Farah, 28:15

“I really enjoyed it today. I love coming to London and particularly running on this course. It’s fantastic to win for a seventh time.

“The London Marathon is behind me now. I was a bit disappointed not to run quicker there but I have recovered well and was confident today.

“I knew Andy and Nick are both running well and I would have to keep my eyes on them. We got rid of Nick, but Andy kept pushing and pushing and pushing.

“I thought, ‘When am I going to get rid of you?’ He did very well, but I was confident I could do it in the end. This is my race.

“I’m looing forward to 2019 now. My next marathon is in Chicago where I’m going to defend my title. Hopefully I can run a bit quicker than 2:05 this time.”

Second: Andy Butchart, 28:28

“I knew I would have to do the hard work. But Mo was just chilling really. It’s really hard to lead a 10k and get away from someone like him. But in a race like this it’s just what you have to do.

“I wanted a good run and got that. It was only in the last 2k that he pulled away and I was able to keep the gap to about 100m.

“I’m pleased to equal by PB. I’m going to Rome next for the Diamond League and today shows I’m ready to run fast on the track.”

Third: Nick Goolab, 28:47

“My legs are tired form running the mile yesterday. I could feel them right from the start. I tried to hang on as long as possible and managed to stay with them to half way but when ‘Butch’ [Andy Butchart] put in another surge that did for me.

“I’m pretty pleased to be third but I was just exhausted at the end. I kind of regret running that mile now.”

Women

Winner: Steph Twell, 31:55

“This is a great course and a great event. A personal best and a world record in one weekend can’t be bad.

“My legs were fine after yesterday, but I think I felt it in my arms a bit. The bigger races always bring out the best in me, and this is one of the biggest and the best.

“Today was London in its full glory and the crowds were fantastic. There were people cheering all along the course. I’m just delighted. I think I can run faster now, maybe 31:30.”

Second: Jess Piasecki, 32:33

“I saw Steph go off and I knew that was too fast for me. It was quite hard to judge where I was because we were running with the men, but I ran quite within myself until the last kilometre. That was tough but no one came past me and it was worth it to finish second.

“I’m really pleased to get on the podium in my first race since the World Cross.”

Third: Verity Ockenden, 32:39

“I haven’t run a 10k on the roads for three years or so, so I’m really pleased to get third. And it was a PB too.

“I thought it would be a tall order to get on the podium, especially after running the mile yesterday. But I wanted to give it everything and believe in myself.

“Steph was out of sight after about 50 metres. She was amazing. I just ran with some of the guys and that kept me going.”

Wheelchair men

Winner: Daniel Sidbury, 22:32

“The weather was lovely, which always helps and makes racing more enjoyable. I decided to go hard from the gun, like I did yesterday in the Vitality Westminster Mile, and then to settle into a comfortable pace.

“I wasn’t expecting to hold the front of the race as JohnBoy Smith was just behind me for the first few kilometres so I thought we could potentially work together but I managed to hold him off. I was surprised that I built up such a lead.

“I won the Vitality Westminster Mile yesterday, which was another big surprise, so to do the double feels great.

“I did the Vitality London 10,000 last year and finished second behind David Weir. I remembered some of the twists and turns from last year, and differences in the road surface, so if you know what to expect that can definitely help your performance. 

“It was lovely racing around streets that are usually full of traffic. It’s great to see the city in a completely different light. Normally when I’m in London I feel a bit stressed by how busy it is so it was great to see beautiful streets.

“There were people cheering all the way around the route, which really gives you a lot of encouragement. And it’s very cool to finish in front of Buckingham Palace.”

Wheelchair women

Winner: Shelly Woods, 27:25

“It was fantastic out there. I really enjoyed the race. It was great to see so many people around the course, out to support the athletes.

“It’s my first 10k race in nearly three years, so it’s nice to be back racing. I had a little boy, who’s two now, so it felt like the right time to come back. I missed the sport. I’m still young so I’ve still got a bit of an athlete left in me. 

“I did the Vitality Westminster Mile yesterday and really enjoyed that too. It’s the first time I’ve done the mile and I was quite surprised by my time. It feels quite positive to see how fast my times are, for me personally they are just ahead of where I was when I started so that’s nice. 

“I feel refreshed so it’s great to be back and to be part of this event.

“This is such a great race for wheelchair athletes, plus it’s a really competitive field. It’s been a really positive weekend. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s good to have an idea of where I am with my training so I can go on do a marathon before the end of the year – maybe one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Berlin or New York.”