Weir looking for his eighth London Marathon victory
David Weir CBE will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2018 looking for a remarkable eighth win on his home roads.
The British Paralympic legend won a record-breaking seventh London Marathon last year when he out-sprinted Marcel Hug of Switzerland on The Mall.
Weir, aged 38, has not competed over the marathon distance since his win last year but feels he can extend his marathon record of wheelchair wins which he took over from Tanni Grey Thompson last year.
He said: “Winning my seventh London Marathon in 2017 was a moment I will never forget. The gap between my win in 2012 and last year’s victory was some time and I am sure there were people who began to doubt me.
“But I’ve always had confidence coming into the London Marathon. It is my home race, I know every inch of the course and I always believe I can win – and that will be the same this year.”
Weir is part of a host of top British athlete announcements on the second day of the Virgin Money London Marathon Elite Week.
In the elite women’s race, Charlotte Purdue, who was the first British woman home in 13th place in the 2017 World Championships marathon, returns for the third successive year.
Purdue has run the last two London Marathons, improving every year. In 2016 she finished in 16th place in 2 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds while last year she was 15th in a personal best (PB) of 2:29:23.
Purdue will be joined on the Start Line by her Aldershot & Farnham District AC team-mate Lily Partridge, who will be making her London Marathon debut.
Partridge, who has represented Great Britain on the road, track and cross-country, made her marathon debut in Seville last year, finishing in a time of 2:32:10.
In the elite men’s race, Jonny Mellor who set a PB of 2:12:57 at the Berlin Marathon last September will head up the British entries. Mellor declined late selection for the England team for the Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his preparations for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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Every day until Thursday [25 January] we will be announcing competitors in the elite men’s, women’s and wheelchair fields on our social media channels before concluding with a live show streamed on Facebook at 1830 GMT on Thursday 25 January where experts will discuss the 2018 line-ups.