ISH world champion Mo Farah announced his homecoming in the grand manner by winning the men’s two-mile race at the Great North City Games.
It was the first time the 28-year-old (right) had competed since claiming the world 5,000m title in South Korea earlier this month, and he carried on where he left off in Daegu, beating American Brian Ollinger to win in eight minutes, 37 seconds.
Farah, said: “I wanted to come back home and win. It’s nice to see so many people come and show their support.”
Meanwhile, in the main event of the day, Martin Mathathi broke the men’s Great North Run record, powering home in 58 minutes 56 seconds to take nine seconds off Zersenay Tadese’s 2005 record and set the sixth fastest half-marathon time in history.
Mathathi completed the second half of a Kenyan double after Lucy Karbuu had earlier dominated the women’s race.