Double Olympic champion Mo Farah delighted the big Bank Holiday crowds as he cruised to victory in yesterday's Bupa 10,000m in central London on Monday. It was the fifth successive year Farah has won the race in his home city.
Farah took off just after 2km and raced away from the domestic field on a looping course around the City of London before crossing the finish line on The Mall in glorious isolation in 29 minutes 13 seconds. Farah's finishing time was eight seconds quicker than he ran in 2011, but someway adrift of the British record of 27:44 he set in 2010.
Nevertheless, it was a solid foundation, he said, for the challenges ahead this summer, not least his bid to repeat his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m double at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
"It was most important to win the race today, I wasn't really looking for a time," he said. "It was really important to me to win my fifth title. Running in London is fun for me because I don't often race here.
But it's going to get serious from here," he added. "I've got my first real test next Friday at the Eugene Diamond League and I'm very excited about that. I've got to be ready for it. I've got to be more ready than I was last year."
Farah was certainly more than ready for today's challenge as he stamped his authority on the race after a slow start, running alone for nearly 8km to win by 52 seconds from Phil Wicks, who was second in 30:05, with Phil Nicholls another 10 seconds back in third, in 30:15.
Katrina Wootton won the women's race by a similarly large margin from the former world junior 1500m champion, Steph Twell, with Emily Pigeon third. Like Farah, Wootton led from the 2km mark, and stretched away over the rest of the course to claim victory on her London 10,000 debut in 32:37, just 14 seconds outside the personal best she set four weeks ago. Twell clocked 33:34 in second with Pidgeon another 12 seconds adrift.
The elite athletes led home a field of 15,000 who finished the race on a bright day in the English capital.