Mo Farah

Mo Farah Targets Great North Run Record

Four-time Olympic champion  will return to Tyneside to try and win an unprecedented record breaking fifth Great North Run win.

The Briton will aim to become the first runner to win five Great North Run race when he races next month on September 9 in Newcastle.

Farah has won the last four consecutive Great North Run races and will aim to make history in the half marathon event ahead of October’s Chicago marathon.

Farah, a six-time world champion, has competed in every Great North Run since 2013, finishing second in his first outing and then going ahead into winning subsequent races in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Last year’s fourth win equaled three times Honolulu Marathon champion Kenya’s Benson Masya’s record.

Masya winner of the inaugural World Half Marathon in 1992, held  in New Castle, United Kingdom, over the 13.1mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

The35-year-old Farah who will be the major draw for the crowds lining the 13.1 mile route is still chasing the 2007 Osaka World 10,000m bronze medalist Martin Mathathi’s course record of 58 minutes 56 seconds set in 201.

“I can’t wait to come back to Newcastle and race again. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” quipped the athletics legend.

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