Kenya’s Mary Keitany becomes the third fastest woman Great North Run history in time of 1:05:59 set on Sunday in United Kingdom. London Marathon winner Keitany bugged her third victory after she broke clear of the pack in the opening stages and set a tough pace as she finished one minute and 45 seconds clear of fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who won last year.
Caroline Kipkirui, who pushed hard to keep pace with compatriot Keitany up until the eight-mile mark, finished third in 1:09:52. Fourth place went to another Kenyan, Magdalyne Masai, who had further reason for joy after a New Zealand star Robertson proposed to her at the finish line after his race.
Britain’s Mo Farah won the men’s race for a record-breaking fourth successive year.The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row. Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the race to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.
Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa coming third.Farah told the BBC after his season-concluding race: “That was really, really tough. I’m sore everywhere – I’ve never been this sore!
“With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.“As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking ‘if I can just sit on him (Robertson), at the end I can sprint’.
“I’m so pleased with how the season has gone. I’ll go on a little holiday with the missus and then come back fresh.“I’m looking forward to sticky toffee pudding and apple pie!”