Farah revelling in lack of pre-marathon pressure

Farah revelling in lack of pre-marathon pressure

This time, however, Farah intends to stay with a stellar field, even if they start at world record pace, and says he is targeting Steve Jones's 33-year-old British record of 2:07.13, as well as Sondre Nordstad Moen's European best of 2:05.48.

"I'm not going to give away anything massive, but he's given me things to do that I've never done before", said Farah.

The men's marathon world record has been broken in London before when United States runner Khalid Khannouchi ran a time of 2:05.38 back in 2002. But it's an awesome field.

Farah, 35, will have his work cut out if he is to secure a medal at the weekend, though, with last year's victor Daniel Wanjiru and Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge among a strong field.

"Through my years on the track I was learning and improving step by step and it's the same in the marathon", he said. "I'm enjoying my running now more than ever".

"It's going to be different, but every race I go into I aim to fight for a podium place", he said. "It's going to be an incredible race". "If that [world-record pace] is what the guys are doing, why not?"

Since switching to the marathon a year ago Farah is no longer coached by Alberto Salazar and his Nike Oregon project, which is still under investigation by USA anti-doping authorities.

"The aim is to go after the British record for sure, but at the same time since 2014 I've learned more and understand a lot more". "It's a good feeling".

"Maybe. But as an athlete you have to set yourself new challenges".

Farah explained that much of his confidence came from working with Lough, who had focused on his weaknesses and freshened up his training by running intervals with shorter rest periods.

"Through British Athletics he (McHenry) sent me a lifting and strength guide and that's all", Farah said. "I was looking for a charity that helps people with sensory impairments and fell in love with the work that the Sense charity does".

Organisers say they are monitoring the weather forecast - temperatures are projected to be 21C on Sunday - with the race director, Hugh Brasher, warning amateur runners they need to "listen to their body" and "change their plan" because of the heat.