Great North Run sees Red Arrows fly-past and victory for running legend Haile Gebrselassie

September 20th, 2010 | by addis portal |

A red Arrows fly-past and fun runners in wacky outfits made yesterday’s Great North Run truly spectacular – but the day belonged to Haile Gebrselassie.

The Ethiopian, who is rated the greatest distance runner of all time, was first past the line in just 59 minutes 33 seconds.

Gebrselassie, 37, who was competing in the north-east halfmarathon for the first time, even impressed himself – although he felt he could have gone faster.

“I was wonderful,” said the fourtime world 10,000m champion, marathon world-record holder and two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champ. “I needed someone to keep the pace until the last two kilometres and then it would have been perhaps a bit faster.

“It was great win. This is something very special.”

Berhane Adere took the women’s race for a second time, making it a double victory for Ethiopia.

Among the 54,000 runners were X Factor winner Joe McElderry, stars from Corrie and Emmerdale, and Gordon Ramsay. They set off after Ant and Dec fired starting pistols and were cheered on by spectators lining the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields.

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