“It was good to cross the finish line. It's been hard to motivate myself after Zurich and the world champs but somehow I just go through it. That's why I'm so sore. All my muscles are aching. They're not aching because I ran hard but from lack of training.
“It's nice to win four times in a row. It's not easy and now I'm just looking forward to taking a break, chill out and live the dream a bit. Then come back on the road.”
Farah said that the only race in the future that he is committed to is the 2018 London Marathon but that he would probably do a 10K or half early in 2018 as preparation for London.
Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) was third (1:01:32) and Zane Robertson fourth. To illustrate the international nature of the race Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Japan) was fifth, Koen Naert (Belgium) tenth with Americans Dathan Ritzenheim sixth and the evergreen Bernard Lagat 8th. All the top ten finished under 1:03:30.
Jake Robertson was also a “winner” as at the end of his race he proposed to girlfriend, Magdalyne Masai (Kenya). Masai, fourth in the women's race, accepted.
Simon Lawson (GB) won the Men’s wheelchair race in 44:22 but only after leader,Brent Lakatos (Canada), stopped 200 metres short of the finish, thinking he had just crossed the finish line. Officially Lakatos was second in 44:27.
This was the 37th Great North Run. The race, which welcomed its millionth finisher in 2014, had 43,000 runners today. Elite, club, and fun running is alive and well in the Northeast of England.