By Mitch Phillips
LONDON, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge will be the star attraction at the London Marathon this weekend but the Kenyan, who smashed his own world record for the distance in Berlin on Sunday, will restrict his exertions to handing out medals in the Mini-Marathon.
Kipchoge, a four-time winner in London, clocked 2 hours 1.09 seconds to take half a minute off his own record, set on the same Berlin course four years ago.
Returning to London he will present medals to thousands of youngsters who will be racing parts of the course on Saturday, finishing under the famous gantry on The Mall.
In an initiative for this year, new race sponsor Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will give the school of every child who finishes £10 ($10.78) per participant to spend on PE or IT equipment.
“We are thrilled that Eliud will be with us this weekend. He is, without doubt, the GOAT of marathon running and will be a huge inspiration to everyone taking part, said event director Hugh Brasher.
The London Marathon will revert to its usual April date next year, increasing the chances of a return for Kipchoge as the optimum course of Berlin, traditionally held in September, remains his main draw when records are in his sights.