Race director Hugh Brasher admits he’d ‘absolutely love’ Sir Mo Farah to end his glittering career at the London Marathon… but has urged the Brit to take inspiration from Eliud Kipchoge’s world record run to delay his retirement plans
- Sir Mo Farah is set to compete in the London Marathon on Sunday
- There has been speculation that this could be Farah’s final race of his career
- Race director wants Farah to end his career by competing in London
- However, he also wants Farah to put his retirement plans on hold for now
- He has urged Farah to take inspiration from Eliud Kipchoge’s recent success
The 39-year-old has been non-committal on his future ahead of Sunday’s race in the capital, with sources close to the four-time Olympic champion indicating he could call it quits if his performance falls short.
Farah, who lost to a club runner at the Vitality 10k in May, has previously raised those doubts by saying: ‘If I can’t compete with the best, why bother?’ But Brasher is adamant Farah should not be ‘written off’ and pointed to Kipchoge breaking the marathon world record at the age of 37 last Sunday.
Sir Mo Farah is set to race in the London Marathon on Sunday in what could be his final race
He has been urged to take inspiration from world record holder Eliud Kipchoge
Asked about the uncertainty around Farah’s future, Brasher said: ‘I think Eliud is proving that the age barriers that we used to think existed do not necessarily now exist.
‘One bad performance, a couple of bad performances, do not mean that people should write off somebody off.’
Sunday’s race is the final commitment in Farah’s current contract with the race organisers, but Brasher says he will have a place in the field if he ever wants one. He also harbours a hope that when Farah does retire, it will be at the London Marathon.
He said: ‘Firstly the door will always be open to Mo – he is Britain’s greatest endurance athlete in terms of number of Olympic gold medals and world championship gold medals.
Hugh Brasher wants Farah to end his career at the London Marathon, but not necessarily this year’s event
‘We have a long history with him, going back to the mini marathon through the fact that we supported him through his university time.
‘Paula Radcliffe had her final run in the London Marathon in 2015. It was the most incredible send-off that I think that the British crowd were ever able to give any athlete.
‘They came out in their droves. Whenever Mo decides to do his last marathon we would absolutely love it to be to be London. I think the crowd would love it. He should be celebrated.’