Six-time winner David Weir tells Special Report he will bounce back after finishing fifth in the London Marathon
Last Updated: 23/04/13 1:43pm
This week's Special Report on Sky Sports News followed David Weir as he prepared for Sunday's London Marathon, in which he finished fifth, two seconds behind winner Kurt Fearnley.
The result was a disappointment for Weir, who was bidding for a record seventh win in his home city, but the 33-year-old is determined to come back stronger.
"I am gutted but not that gutted because I gave it my best shot," he said. "This field was the toughest I've seen here. It was the same field that was in the Paralympic final.
"It just drives me on a little bit more. I'll have the rest of the week off and then get back training on Thursday."
Weir's training in Richmond Park has been the bedrock of his success - which has seen him win six Olympic and World Championship gold medals as well as his success in the London Marathon - but was disrupted this winter by the poor weather through February and March.
"Richmond Park has made me the athlete I am today, but this winter was the worst ever, the cold wind. But the park just brings the best out of you. It's perfect. It's an amazing place and I'm blessed and lucky I can use it day in and day out."
Four of his Olympic golds came in London last year and the experience still leaves him emotional.
"Even last year before the Marathon, I wasn't even thinking about it. I was just thinking about 2012. That was all I could think about.
"Being on the start line and knowing that people had paid all that money to see you win, that just drove me on that little bit more.
"I was holding back tears because I knew all those people were there just to cheer me on. To hear and see them was very emotional.
"It feels like it was a dream. I didn't know I was going to do that well. It was a very special time in my life."
Weir grew up on the troubled Roundshaw Estate in Wallington, south London.
"It had a bad reputation in the nineties, but it wasn't that bad up there," he said. "I don't see myself as having a disability so it was never a problem. It was just a normal life."
Life is a little less normal for Weir these days and he admits he's still getting used to having four gold postboxes in Wallington.
"I've got four by my house. It's an amazing feeling. It's weird seeing a red one now."