MO Farah became the first British winner of the men’s Great North Run after a dramatic finish in South Shields.
The Olympic, World and European champion made up for last year’s heartbreak as he finished just ahead of Mike Kigen.
The 31-year-old had lost in a sprint finish to Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele over the half-marathon course 12 months ago.
He also set a personal best time in this year’s event after crossing the line after exactly one hour.
He said: “There’s no chance I thought I would be that quick. I was thinking I might get 60-something, but not as fast as that. It’s great to end the season with a good win and a good time. I can finish with a smile now.
“It was close. I pushed with 200m to go and didn’t really know how much of a gap I’d got. As soon as I was ready to celebrate, I saw him.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot this year. You learn a lot when things happen. This year has been up and down, but I’ve managed to put that behind me and get some good wins. I’ll get ready for next year now, and the World Championships in Beijing. The 10k will be my main goal there, and we’ll see what else happens.”
Earlier, Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s race in a course record time with Britain’s Gemma Steel coming in second.
Her time of 1:05:39 beat Paula Radcliffe’s record.
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