Wallington's David Weir described his record-breaking eighth Virgin London Marathon men's T54 wheelchair win as "morale boosting", writes Ziad Chaudry.

The legendary 38-year-old six-time Paralympic Games champion bossed the streets of London yet again on Sunday after beating off fellow main challengers Switzerland's Marcel Hug and American Daniel Romanchuk in a thrilling sprint shootout finale on The Mall to clock 1:31.15.

"The end was tougher than last year," admits Weir. "Mentally and physically I felt better coming into this but I'm really happy this year.

"Last year I was in a different state of mind and I couldn't celebrate and I didn't know where I was to be honest.

“I had a lot of time out and there was a lot of deep thinking, being on my own and deciding what I want to do with life to be honest and with racing. After the last win I felt I still had a lot in me to give but I just needed a break and that was my decision.

"Now my head's clear, I'm enjoying the training and racing again. I know what I'm capable of.

"I'm going to do the rest of the marathons in the end of Autumn and it starts again in Berlin so I've got a good chance. I'm just enjoying life to be honest and that's what helping."

And Weir hopes his eighth London title success will inspire his beloved Sutton United towards their ambitious promotion bid to the EFL.

The U's moved a step closer to securing a play-off position in National League with just a game remaining after beating Ebbsfleet United 1-0 away on Saturday.

"It will be good to see them go up to be honest," Weir continues. "I've got a good connection there and the guys are good to me."