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Monday, 18 September 2017 14:45

Mo Farah wins fourth Great North Run in 60:06

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Mo Farah wins his 4th Great North Run. Mo Farah wins his 4th Great North Run. Dan Vernon Photography
By Stuart Weir
It was business as usual at the Great North Run men's half marathon with Mo Farah winning for the fourth time in a row in a time of 1:00:06. Having covered Mo Farah's last track race - 3 times (last World Championship, last track race in Britain and last-ever track race), I was at the Great North Run, I suppose, to record Mo’s first race as an ex-track runner.
It was not his easiest victory. Jake Robertson (New Zealand) who was second in 1:00:12, lead Mo until the last few hundred yards when Mo raced clear. Mo later admitted that with 3–4 miles to go he was hanging on.
Farah said afterwards: “It was an amazing race. Jake pushed the pace on and tried to get rid of me. He almost got rid of me—I wasn't going to tell him that—but he almost got rid of me with three miles to go, because I was hurting. It was a great race today. I really enjoyed it. I just had to dig deep.
“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.


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