My view was that this was a Bannister moment for this century.
And Bannister's run was done with pacemakers, and in a specifically organised event rather than a part of the standard athletics calendar, and still counted as a world record. This mark should be regarded as a World Record. It's a nonsense that it won't be.
BTW - 4hrs 31m is still a bloody good time. I would be DELIGHTED with that, if I ever gave up the fags and booze, got fit, got back into running, found some way to ceramically seal my shitty achilles tendons together, and managed to complete 26 miles plus. And I was bloody decent at 5,000 metres and Cross Country at school before messrs Benson and Hedges, and the Rose and Crown Ivinghoe said hello.
The bloke has been nowhere near the disgraced Oregon project. And the Brailsford thing is bollocks - the man has NOTHING to do with athletics. He is only there because Ineos put the money up to make this happen and Ineos took over Sky in June. How dare you say it tarnishes the achievement with not a scintilla of evidence, let alone fucking proof? I think you are looking a right curmudgeon frankly.
Whether it was paced (and on a selected course) or not it's still an incredible feat.
Aiki - very respectable time - my elder son took somewhat longer to complete last years London Marathon (though his aim was merely to finish & raise funds)
Anyone who runs that far has my respect (as someone who struggled with anything over 400 metres I can't even contemplate that distance - though I was a fair sprinter at 100/200 m & long/triple jump when I was a little younger)