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Farah wins his fourth Great North Run

POSTED ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mo Farah, who retired from the track in August, has won his fourth Great North Run in a row

With just 250 metres to go, Mo Farah moved clear of New Zealander Jake Robertson to clinch victory in one hour and six seconds at yesterday’s Great North Run in Newcastle – the largest half marathon in the world.

Devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster, the first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000 and this year, a record number of 57,000 people donned their trainers.

The 1992 edition of the race incorporated the 1st IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Martin Mathathi holds the current men’s course record with his run of 58:56 minutes in 2011. Mary Jepkosgei Keitany’s women’s course record of 65:39 minutes, was set in 2014. And now, in 2017, Mo Farah has become the first person to win the event four times consecutively.

In the women’s race, London marathon winner, Mary Keitany, won with a time of 1:05.59, which is almost two minutes clear of 5,000m Olympic champion, Vivian Cheruiyot. Gemma Steele was the best of the British women, finishing sixth in 1:11.32, while Lily Partridge completed in seventh place with a time of 1:12.09.

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