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Summary

  1. Eliud Kipchoge win's men's elite race - Mo Farah third
  2. Farah breaks British marathon record
  3. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya wins women's elite race
  4. David Weir wins men's elite wheelchair race
  5. Madison de Rozario wins women's elite wheelchair race
  6. Officially the hottest London Marathon ever

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman, Kal Sajad and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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It's time for us to wrap ourselves in tin foil and head off home with shiny medals around our necks (we get medals for live texting for eight hours, right?).

Well done to all the runners in today and best of luck trying to get down the stairs tomorrow morning.

Don't forget you can watch highlights of the London Marathon on BBC Two from 19:00 BST.

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What happened in the elite races...

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Rhianne Evans: Huge respect and admiration for London marathon runners and those in wheelchairs take a well deserved bow

Rob Jordan: Well done Sam. Emeli, Helen and I have been tracking you round. I always found a curry afterwards helped.....washed down with a Large Cobra!!!

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BBC Get Inspired reporter at the finish line

Harmander after finishing the London Marathon
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Harmander just completed his 34th consecutive London Marathon, his third as a pacer.

Sub five hours was his task, and his watch confirms he’s a man you can depend on...

Harmander's watch
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Don’t be alarmed by his hat, he soaked it in water and the drinks stations to keep himself cool.

When asked if he’ll be back next year, he said “of course”

It's time to say goodbye to finish line cam. Sad face.

Stick with us on this page as we wrap up the last few moments of the 2018 London Marathon.

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This is what the London Marathon is all about.

Paula was inspired by watching the race today and you can see the support and encouragement she is getting from some of her followers.

Watching the @BBCOne coverage of the London Marathon.... I may never run a marathon but after walking almost a mara… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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BBC Get Inspired reporter at the finish line

Tan ran bare foot!

And this was his 140th marathon!

He travels the world running them but this was his first one in London.

Tan, who ran the London Marathon barefoot
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"Feeling hot, hot, hot" at the London Marathon

All hail the Great British public.

Karaoke at the London Marathon

Excuse the nepotism, but one of us (Caroline) just did a little jig as she found out her old university mate did a sub three hour run.

Well in, Joseph Murray!

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Beth Fletcher: Every year I tell myself that I'm going to get fitter and train myself to be able to do a marathon. This year I actually will start, mark my word.

Dharmesh Shah: So inspired by all the runners competing today in this heat. Seriously need to up my running game to one day do the London Marathon.

Looks like we might have two more entrants for next year ;-)

Celeb watch

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Here's a quick celeb watch of some of those taking part today. There have been some mighty impressive times.

Comedian Joel Dommett, rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield and Radio 1 Adele Roberts all finished in just over three-and-a-half hours with BBC presenter Sophie Raworth just behind at three hours 52 minutes.

Pats on the back all round, we say.

As hot as Mumbai?

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BBC Get Inspired reporter at the finish line

Sarf says it’s five years since he did his last marathon and that was in Mumbai, so he thought he would be able to handle the heat.

He says it was a tough day given the weather but described it as a amazing experience and he’ll definitely be back next year.

Sarf after finishing the London Marathon
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Steve Cram reviews the elite races

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BBC commentator at the London Marathon

I think Paula Radcliffe is happy to retain her incredible record.

We said the heat wouldn’t effect the elite so much but I think it did.

London is a great city but when the sun is out like this it shows off itself at its very best.

And a record for Mo in his first big event is great. World and Olympic marathons are always tough and he finished third against some of the best in the world so he did well.

Farah sets new British record

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Mo Farah breaks British record time in elite men's race

After finishing third in just his second marathon Mo Farah said he still has "a lot to learn" about the 26.2-mile distance but he still seemed pleased with his efforts.

The four-time Olympic champion, who is now focussing on the road rather than track, set a new British record with his time of two hours, six minutes and 21 seconds to beat Steve Jones' effort from 33 years ago.

That all came despite some confusion at a drinks station when Farah missed his bottle and had to turn back to get another.

Regardless, there was no stopping Eliud Kipchoge in winning the race. He cruised home over two minutes before Farah.

There was also a mix-up after the race as a "clerical error" saw 10 to 11 seconds added to the top three's time.

Read the full report here.

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Debbie C: Third run of Couch to 5k done!

James Burrage: Give me a year I’m there.

Jay Star: Really inspired to start my training for a marathon next year.

Sisterly love

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"As we adopted the word alcoholic as part of our private conversations about dad, we felt ashamed to use it publicly and worried about what friends and family would think."

Cara and Lornie lost their dad Colin to an alcohol-related incident last year. The sisters will be running today for the mental-health charity Mind and are looking to raise money to support those with alcohol addiction.

Here they were earlier this morning, en-route to the tube station. Wonder if they're still looking as chirpy right now?

The sisters both finished in a time of five hours exactly. Congratulations, ladies.

Marathon runners Cara and Louise
Cara and Louise

Cheruiyot wins as Keitany fades

Women's elite race

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All the talk before the women's elite race was that Paula Radcliffe's world record could be smashed on the streets of London but that was not how things turned out.

Kenyan Mary Keitany set off in blistering pace and was inside Radcliffe's record time in the first half of the race but she paid the price and faded badly, finishing fifth.

Her compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot paced her race perfectly and came through to take victory.

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'He's always with me when I run'

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Last year's London Marathon was particularly hard for Graham Sturge from Bedfordshire.

He lost his dad to cancer the evening before he was due to race. Graham carried on regardless and has decided to come back again this year.

Speaking on BBC One earlier, he said: "This is amazing. Twelve months on it's an amazing feeling.

"It puts all the demons to bed. He's always with me when I run. It's the reason for having the balloons on me. He's got seven grandchildren so at the end I'll be sending seven balloons up to grandad."

Graham will be finishing soon, in a time of around five hours. Look out for him on the finish cam!

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Steven Doggett: Hard to think that just a few years ago we were sitting in a hospital room wondering if our mum would make it through her life threatening heart condition. But four years after being rushed into intensive care she’s running her first London Marathon for The British Heart Foundation.

Weir sprints to eighth title

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David Weir wins eighth London Marathon title

One man who knows how to win a marathon around the streets of London is David Weir.

Earlier the Briton won his eighth London Marathon by successfully defending the title he won a year ago.

That took him two clear of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at the top of the all-time list for London Marathon wheelchair wins.

Weir retired from track racing last year - after falling out with British Athletics after Rio 2016- but still competes on the road.

"After Rio I think last year was a really weird year for me, both mentally and physically," he said.

"I didn't really celebrate the seventh win in London, but having that time away and thinking about what I want to do, it helped me fall back in love with the sport again.

Coming back this year has been good and I feel strong.

"I feel refreshed and motivated to do the rest of the marathons now."

Read the full report here.

Fighting spirit

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If you're watching the live stream of the finish line right now, you'll see former Commonwealth middleweight boxer Michael Watson handing out medals.

Watson spent 40 days in a coma and had six brain operations after collapsing in the 12th round of a fight with Chris Eubank in September 1991.

The Londoner remarkably completed the marathon in 2003, crossing the finish line six days and more than two hours after most of his fellow competitors

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360 miles in 15 days

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Lizzie Rosewell has been through the battlefields to get to the start line today.

To make the centenary of the First World War, the former Army Officer has already run 14 marathons in the past two weeks, from Paris to London via the Western Front of WWI. She is raising money for The Soldiers' Charity.

It looks like she's on for a five-hour finish. Keep going, Lizzie!

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Sally Goodger: Well done to all our London Marathon runners today, raising vital funds for Shaw Education Trust. You're all superstars!!

Kyle Lloyd: Well done everyone you're doing brilliant

Dylan Lee: Congrats Alan of School of Rock who’s just completed the London Marathon at a time of 04:08!

Behind the finish line

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BBC Get Inspired reporter at the finish line

Here's Dom dishing out the medals...

Handing out London marathon medals
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...and some of the finishers can now finally top up the tan in the finish area...

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Lady gets engaged to a dinosaur during London Marathon

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Lady gets engaged to a dinosaur in London Marathon

Brace yourselves for one of the greatest headlines ever written on BBC Sport...

A marathon journey to adoption

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A couple from Clifton are running today for a very special reason.

Adam and Alex Mason are raising money for The Children’s Society, the charity which Adam was adopted through as a baby.

Soon after race day, the husband and wife will find out if their dream to become adoptive parents themselves will turn into a reality.

Speaking about their motivation to run the marathon, Alex said: “Last year Adam took the London Marathon journey by himself, and I stood on the side lines cheering him on.

"This year we wanted to make that journey together, although I am not a natural runner and he might have to drag me over the finish line!"

Adam and Alex from the Children's society
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Here's how the para-athletes finished in the world marathon world cup race earlier today.

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Fastest marathon in armour

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A soldier from Cambridgeshire is attempting to set a new world record for the fastest marathon in a suit of armour.

Sgt Paul Beddows has been training for the London Marathon since late 2017, wearing a suit of armour that weighs 4st 7lb (30kg).

He says he is quietly confident that he will be able to break the current record of six hours 46 minutes and 59 seconds.

He crossed the halfway point at 04:08:53.

Paul Beddows from Sawtry is attempting to become the fastest marathoner wearing armour

'I've got my medal'

BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth has crossed the finish line in her seventh London Marathon.

She prepared for today by the running 150 miles across the Sahara desert. Seriously.

"It felt really tough, it was really hot, it felt as hot as the Sahara and I am well placed to say that," she has just told Gabby Logan on BBC Two.

"A lot of people were walking, there were a lot of medics, people were struggling.

"I was 20 minutes slower but I've got my medal and that's what counts."

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Charlotte: Watching the finish line cameras. Everyone is so impressive! Well done.

If you're watching at home and you want to try and spot a friend or family member, click on the finish-line link at the top of this page.

There are four static cameras capturing everyone as they filter over the line.

*waves*

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Poppy the Scarborough man

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We've already seen some fab costumes, as we do each year!

But this could be top of the lot...Owen Willis, 49, is dressed as a 5ft-wide poppy.

He is attempting to gain the world record for the "fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (male)".

The father-of-three from Scarborough needs to reach the finish line in under five hours to beat the existing record. Read his full story here.

Owen Willis - running the marathon dressed as a poppy.
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Fancy a run?

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Have you been inspired to put those trainers on and go out for a run?

It can be scary to start, especially if you've never really been a runner before.

But you can take it at your own pace and will be amazed at how quickly you improve!

This BBC Get Inspired guide will give you all the information you need to begin running.

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'You can live a good life with dementia'

Sue Strachan, who suffers from vascular dementia, spoke to Radzi on BBC Two at the halfway stage on Tower Bridge.

"It's amazing, the support from people along the way is fantastic. I have had a couple of wobbles but people from Alzheimer's Research gave me a kiss and said hello and I though that I have to do this, even if I have to walk at the end. I need to finish.

"I don't like it but running makes me feel good, with the type of dementia I have.

"You can live a good life with dementia and I know it's challenging for some people. But you can help them. Play music to them, show them photographs. They can understand you and they do know what's going on.

"Why shouldn't someone with dementia run the marathon? I hope more people will take up running. I started with Couch to 5k, and here I am now, halfway through the marathon."

Dementia patient to show she can run London Marathon