Wallington wheelchair racer David Weir will be aiming to bounce back in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon after a double blow in 2009.

Last year, Weir lost out to Australian Kurt Fearnley and also saw his course record beaten by the same man.

Weir won the London mini wheelchair race seven times before graduating to the full distance in 2000 and then became the only athlete to win both the mini and full wheelchair marathon events.

He won the London wheelchair marathon for the first time in 2002 and made it four wins with a hat-trick of successes between 2006, when he set the course record of 1:29:48, and 2008.

In 2009, he was pipped by just one second in a sprint down The Mall and had to break his own course record to take the silver medal position in 1:28:57.

* Sutton youngsters will be competing in the Virgin London mini-marathon over the final three miles of the marathon course from Old Billingsgate to The Mall.

However, two of Sutton's leading runners last year, Grace O'Leary, who won the girls’ 15-17 race in 2009, and Tom Holden, runner-up in the boys’ 11-12 event, are not in their borough’s teams because they were unable to make their trials last month as they were competing for Surrey in the UK inter-counties cross country championships in Birmingham, where Holden won the boys’ U13s title.

The pair have gained special permission to compete for the south-east region team against their Sutton schoolmates.