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Mighty Mo Farah looking forward to his half marathon

FAMILIAR POSE: Mo Farah

DOUBLE OLYMPIC champion Mo Farah said he intends to use this Sunday's London Marathon to get a feel of the course, in preparation for his full debut next year. The popular long distance runner has pledged to pull out at the half way mark of this year's race but insists that running 13 miles of the course can only help him going forward.

Speaking at the press conference in London he said: “It is great to be here. This year is about trying to get used to the course and practice it really. For me if I get a chance to run and practice it is a no brainer. You do not just get up and run. I do not get better treatment than anyone else.”

When asked what if he has given himself a target he said, “For me it is about being in that pack. We try and cover every move. My aim is to stay in the front with the pack.”

On whether he had any concerns about running in London in the light of the Boston bombing the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champ added: “My support goes out to the people of Boston. This is home for me and I have to be comfortable. You cannot be thinking negative. You have to be positive.”

Farah has no plans to break his UK half marathon record this weekend because “I have to respect everyone. I am only here to learn. I do not want to destroy anyone.”

What he will do in the future - will he concentrate on the marathon, track or both - will be down to his coach Alberto Salazar. “You can only do two marathons a year, whereas on track you can do five to ten races. My aim has always been to run the marathon as I get older.”

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