Edna Kiplagat ran her way into the record books when she won the World Championship marathon in Moscow in August last year, becoming the first ever winner of back-to-back titles in the 26.2 mile (42.195km) global event.

In April this year The 34-year-old Kenyan beat namesake Florence Kiplagat on The Mall to win the London Marathon. In doing so, she completed the first half of what would be a rare double. Only four women have won the elite women’s races at the Bupa Great North Run and the London Marathon in the same year.

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