Mo Farah, in his build towards the 2018 London Marathon, won the Big Half-Marathon on Sunday.
The four-time Olympic champion on the track has transitioned to road running and will be making a return to the marathon in London in April. He raced his debut marathon in 2014 in 2:08:21. On Sunday, he won the inaugural Big Half in 1:01:40 over Daniel Wanjiru and Callum Hawkins.
Interestingly, Farah, who has been training in Ethiopia during the build to London, raced in the rarely-seen Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite, a shoe designed specifically to break two hours in the marathon. It notably features a carbon fibre plate. Nike ZoomX cushioning and is custom-built for select professional Nike athletes.
Generally, Nike athletes wear the Zoom Vaporfly 4%, the publicly available version of the Breaking2 flat. Only Eliud Kipchoge sported the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite in competition in recent months, in that case winning the 2017 Berlin Marathon. Farah was not part of the Breaking2 project, a bid to break two hours in the marathon in a highly-controlled (and non-record eligible) environment in May 2017.
The colourway Farah sported also seems to be new, with a hint of blue (and no red) between the upper and midsole. Have a look below.
Good day in the office today was fun racing with the big dog @gomofarah and Daniel Wanjiru. Not the kind of time I wanted going into the race but was a tough and twisty course but I was competitive all the way. Things looking good for @gc2018. Thanks to @officialbighalf for putting on a great event. #bighalf #london #marathonprep