Mary Keitany breaks the 12-year-old Women-only World Record

Jo Pavey insists the chest infections that have dogged her training for Sunday's London Marathon will not impede her chances of qualifying for this summer's British World Championships team. Obviously it's tough to run fast at the end of a marathon, but for miles 19 through 25, the pace never got below 4:53, with four of them being run in 5:00 or slower.

"This month it is exactly two years since I first started to get fit".

Other runners from our area include Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, PC Ian Perry of Cambridgeshire Police, and Heart newsreader Bev Rimmer (pictured below at the London Marathon Expo).

They are both raising money for Pendleside Hospice, who supported Paul through his illness.

Plus he's still only 24 years old.

Marie, said: "I am running for Severn Hospice as they recently looked after a very close friend of mine in his final days, so it is a charity very close to my heart. She has proved that Kenyan women are resilient and world beaters".

"We did a lap each and it was the most hard thing we've ever done in our lives I have to say!" "I'm really proud of you".

Thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of the capital tomorrow for the 37th London Marathon - here we shine the spotlight on a few from the Hitchin area.

"Because of the stuff that's gone on in my mind, it's definitely one of the biggest wins I've ever had in my career". "I just want to help the charity ensure more people are treated successfully so that other people don't have to go through what our family has been through".

Lilesa - who has relatives in prison in Ethiopia - is now living in exile in the United States but will oppose Bekele on Sunday, the first time he has competed in London since 2014.

He says: "I injured my knee, a longstanding niggle that just wouldn't go away, and the MRI scan basically showed that I couldn't play badminton, couldn't play squash, couldn't swim or play football".

Lateef, who is aiming to complete the course in five and a half hours, has already raised £700, £200 more than his initial target of £500.

There are also set times for older age groups.

"We are truly blessed as a nation to have such talented and determined women flying our flag, and again and again I must reiterate, that these are the women that our youth must emulate", CS Kariuki commented.

  • Salvatore Jensen