Farah smashed the British record by over 50 seconds with a confirmed time of 2.06.21 on his way to third place in the capital. "I did have a few problems getting a drink", he said with a smile.
Farah, who won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m in the past two Olympic Games, admitted his second full marathon had taken its toll in a race where there was a world record pace at the halfway point. "I was table four, but the staff was trying to take pictures and I was trying to take a drink".
There were 34 Guinness World Records as runners cautiously braved temperatures of up to 24°C in all manner of fancy dress costumes. "I can't do any better than what I did", he said.
Gunners fan Farah added: "Maybe next time I will get an Arsenal one. It's so far-reaching. We fully needed it and not just us - for the community and the rest of the London Fire Brigade who attended".
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (L) and elite women's race victor Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot poses Britain's Prince Harry (C) on April 22, 2018. The warm conditions played some part in the drop off in pace afterwards, though Kipchoge never once looked troubled, the man who won past year at Monza race track ran 2:00:25, ruled out for record purposes because of a few little gimmicks, but a superhuman effort nonetheless. So my aim is maybe in the autumn to try to run another marathon and then see what happens in the summer of 2019.
Cheruiyot, who finished fourth previous year in 2:23:50, over took defending champion Mary Keitany just after the 35km mark before cruising to her second ever marathon victory in personal best.
"The reason it was so good for me today was because I started slowly".
Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, who were first and second respectively in 2017, threatened to break Paula Radcliffe's world-record time but faded over the second half of the course. "I want to thank everyone out there for their support". But Dibaba was soon reduced to a walking pace to leave Keitany with only her two male pacemakers for company. "I promised a handsome race and it was", he added.
Briton David Weir won the men's wheelchair race for an eighth time and Australia's Madison de Rozario took maiden honours in the women's wheelchair event.