Mary Keitany comfortably retained her Great North Run title in the elite women’s race, posting a time of 67:32. The Kenyan, who broke Paula Radcliffe’s course record last year, was well outside that pace this time around. However, she ran alone for the majority of the race after taking a lead after the first mile and earned another victory in the north east.
Gemma Steel (John Nuttall) moved away from the chasing pack after five miles and ran a lonely race to secure her second consecutive second place finish at the event, recording 71:00. Sunderland Stroller Aly Dixon enjoyed the loud cheers in the closing stages as she grabbed a fantastic fourth place in 72:07 behind Latvia’s Jelena Prokopcuka
Shelly Woods (Jenny Archer) closed in on Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record at the event as she collected her seventh title in the north east after overhauling America’s Amanda McGrory and Dutch athlete Margriet Van Den Broek over the last couple of miles.
Woods, who recorded a time of 53:38 said: “This was my hardest Great North Run, in fact it was my hardest race in a long time but I’m really pleased with the result. I was just trying to close the gap down on the Dutch athlete (Van Den Broek). I was just thinking, ‘don’t; look behind, stay positive and chase her down’. She unfortunately crashed on the corner on to the seafront which was a shame as I was ready with my sprint finish.”
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