Mo Farah targets record fifth Great North Run win


Mo Farah celebrates winning the men’s elite race in 2017 Credit: PA

Mo Farah will aim to become the first runner to win five Great North Runs when he races next month.

The four-time Olympic champion will continue his road racing career on September 9 in Newcastle, he has confirmed.

He has won the last four 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 winning in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

I can’t wait to come back to Newcastle and race again.

It’s something I look forward to every year, the crowds are always unbelievable and it’s a good course for racing.> To be the best in the world you have to beat the best and it’s going to be no different here. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”


Last year’s fourth win equalled Benson Masya’s record, with the Kenyan winning over the 13.1mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996..

Olympic and World champion Vivian Cheruiyot will also return to Tyneside as she bids to make it two victories in three years..

She won on her debut over the distance in 2016, and finished second to winner Mary Keitany last year.



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