Sir Mo wins the Great North Run

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With more than 43,000 run­ners, the Great North Run is the world’s big­gest half marathon. This year the 13.1-mile event took place on 10 Septem­ber. It started in New­cas­tle and fin­ished in the sea­side town of South Shields. The race has been run every year since 1981. This year Great Bri­tain’s most fa­mous ath­lete, Mo Farah, won the elite men’s race for the fourth year in a row. “It was re­ally, re­ally tough. With four miles to go I was hang­ing on,” he said. He took one hour and six sec­onds and only fin­ished six sec­onds ahead of New Zealand’s Jake Robertson.

The women’s elite ti­tle was won by Mary Kei­tany from Kenya. She fin­ished in one hour, five min­utes and 59 sec­onds. She beat fel­low Kenyans in­clud­ing Mag­da­lyne Ma­sai. At the fin­ish line, Ma­sai’s boyfriend, Jake Robertson, asked her to marry him, and a de­lighted Ma­sai said yes, to cheers from the watch­ing crowd.

Bri­tish ath­lete Si­mon Law­son fin­ished first in the men’s wheel­chair race, and the day be­fore, thou­sands of young run­ners com­peted in the ju­nior and mini races in New­cas­tle.

A de­lighted Farah af­ter

his win.

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