Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 is already building to be a classic renewal with news that fresh from his triumph at Chicago Marathon, Sir Mo Farah will be in the line-up next April.
The four times Olympian is now beginning to make his mark at the highest level of international marathon running with a third place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon followed by his autumn success at Chicago.
Farah's third in London came in a British record time of 2:06:21, a time he bettered in Chicago where he recorded his first marathon victory and set a new European record of 2:05:11.
He will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2019 looking to continue his upward trajectory.
Sir Mo said: "I’m delighted to confirm I’ll be returning to race the Virgin Money London Marathon again next year. I’ve often said how racing in London is very special to me and the London Marathon gives me the chance to run in front of my fans, on my home roads, where the atmosphere is like nothing else.
"I feel I have made great strides in the past year, breaking both the British and European records has given me the confidence that I can compete against the best marathon runners in the world.
"London always puts together a world-class field and I expect that will be exactly the same in 2019 and I can’t wait for the challenge."
Farah currently sits joint top of the Series XII Abbott World Marathon Majors standings which began at the 2018 Berlin Marathon and will conclude at the same race in 2019. Farah’s win at Chicago Marathon puts him on 25 points alongside Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) and New York City Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia).
Farah is the first athlete to be announced for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon which will take place on Sunday 28 April.