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Sir Mo Farah crossed the finish line in one hour, three minutes and 28 seconds at the Great North Run on Sunday. He high-fived spectators as he rolled through the final metres knowing this was it; his final competitive road race.

Farah has won the half-marathon event that takes place in Newcastle six times.

He wore a bib that read “Sir Mo.”

“It’s amazing support. I wanted to come out here and celebrate. Without the crowd, I wouldn’t have got through it. It’s very important to have a race like this. Without the support and community in Newcastle, it wouldn’t be the same,” shared Farah.

Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola won in the time of 59:58. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi finished second in 61:20, while Ethiopian Muktar Edris finished in third place 34 seconds back of Abdi. Farah clocked a 63:28 performance.

The 40-year-old owns the national record at 59:32, which he ran in Lisbon in 2015. Farah also owns the national marathon record at 2:05:18 from Chicago in 2018. He holds several other records including the world best (not kept as a record) for the one-hour run making it through 21,330m.

Farah may be better known as the four-time Olympic gold medallist in the 5000m and 10,000m events, and six-time world champion over the same distances. Additionally, he also earned two silver medals one each distance at the world championships.

Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s race in 66.45. She is the Tokyo Olympic Champion. The 29-year-old owns a half-marathon best of 1:05:06 from 2017. She is a two-time world half-marathon champion.

Kenyan Sharon Lokedi took second in the time of 67:43. Great Britain’s Charlotte Purdue clocked a 69:36 run for third.

Lokedi set five new personal bests in 2022. Her half-marathon personal record is 68:14 from New York last year. Three years ago in Muragame, Japan Purdue ran her best over the distance clocking a 68:23 performance.

Top-5 results


  1. Tamorat Tola (ETH) – 59:58
  2. Bashir Abdi (BEL) – 1:01:20
  3. Muktar Edris (ETH) – 1:01:54
  4. Mo Farah (GBR) – 1:03:28
  5. Efrem Gidey – 1:04:03


  1. Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) – 1:06:45
  2. Sharon Lokedi – 1:07:43
  3. Charlotte Purdue (GBR) – 1:09:36
  4. Sonia Samuels (GBR) – 1:13:43
  5. Jessa Hanson (USA) – 1:14:12

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