2019 elite race quick quotes
27 May 2019, 12:55 p.m.
Winner: Sir Mo Farah, 28:15
â€œI really enjoyed it today. I love coming to London and particularly running on this course. Itâ€™s fantastic to win for a seventh time.
â€œThe 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.
â€œI 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.
â€œI thought, â€˜When am I going to get rid of you?â€™ He did very well, but I was confident I could do it in the end. This is my race.
â€œIâ€™m looing forward to 2019 now. My next marathon is in Chicago where Iâ€™m going to defend my title. Hopefully I can run a bit quicker than 2:05 this time.â€
Second: Andy Butchart, 28:28
â€œI knew I would have to do the hard work. But Mo was just chilling really. Itâ€™s really hard to lead a 10k and get away from someone like him. But in a race like this itâ€™s just what you have to do.
â€œI 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.
â€œIâ€™m pleased to equal by PB. Iâ€™m going to Rome next for the Diamond League and today shows Iâ€™m ready to run fast on the track.â€
Third: Nick Goolab, 28:47
â€œMy 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 â€˜Butchâ€™ [Andy Butchart] put in another surge that did for me.
â€œIâ€™m pretty pleased to be third but I was just exhausted at the end. I kind of regret running that mile now.â€
Winner: Steph Twell, 31:55
â€œThis is a great course and a great event. A personal best and a world record in one weekend canâ€™t be bad.
â€œMy 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.
â€œToday was London in its full glory and the crowds were fantastic. There were people cheering all along the course. Iâ€™m just delighted. I think I can run faster now, maybe 31:30.â€
Second: Jess Piasecki, 32:33
â€œI 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.
â€œIâ€™m really pleased to get on the podium in my first race since the World Cross.â€
Third: Verity Ockenden, 32:39
â€œI havenâ€™t run a 10k on the roads for three years or so, so Iâ€™m really pleased to get third. And it was a PB too.
â€œI 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.
â€œSteph was out of sight after about 50 metres. She was amazing. I just ran with some of the guys and that kept me going.â€
Winner: Daniel Sidbury, 22:32
â€œThe 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.
â€œI wasnâ€™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.
â€œI won the Vitality Westminster Mile yesterday, which was another big surprise, so to do the double feels great.
â€œI 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.Â
â€œIt was lovely racing around streets that are usually full of traffic. Itâ€™s great to see the city in a completely different light. Normally when Iâ€™m in London I feel a bit stressed by how busy it is so it was great to see beautiful streets.
â€œThere were people cheering all the way around the route, which really gives you a lot of encouragement. And itâ€™s very cool to finish in front of Buckingham Palace.â€
Winner: Shelly Woods, 27:25
â€œIt 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.
â€œItâ€™s my first 10k race in nearly three years, so itâ€™s nice to be back racing. I had a little boy, whoâ€™s two now, so it felt like the right time to come back. I missed the sport. Iâ€™m still young so Iâ€™ve still got a bit of an athlete left in me.Â
â€œI did the Vitality Westminster Mile yesterday and really enjoyed that too. Itâ€™s the first time Iâ€™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 thatâ€™s nice.Â
â€œI feel refreshed so itâ€™s great to be back and to be part of this event.
â€œThis is such a great race for wheelchair athletes, plus itâ€™s a really competitive field. Itâ€™s been a really positive weekend. Iâ€™ve really enjoyed it.
â€œItâ€™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 â€“ maybe one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Berlin or New York.â€