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Bupa Great North Run

Olympic champion Mo Farah, 32, was a repeat winner of what used to be known as the Bupa Great North Run in England, Sun., Sept. 13, outsprinting Kenya’s Stanley Biwott to win the world's second largest half-marathon in 59:22.

Biwott, who’s 29, finished two seconds behind in 59:24. Another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, who’s also 29, finished third in 1:00:10.

Last year Farah, the defending Olympic 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion, became the first British runner in 29 years to win this event when he outkicked Kigen to finish the race in exactly one hour. He had been a close runner-up the previous year to Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world records for the 5000 and 10,000 meters on the track.

Kenyan great Mary Keitany, 32, was also a repeat winner in the Great North Run women’s race this year. She clocked 1:07:32, compared to the 1:05:39 she ran last year to break Paula Radcliffe’s previous race record by one second.

Finishing second to Keitany this year was England’s Gemma Steel, 30, who ran 1:11:00. Jelena Prokopchuka, 39, veteran international runner from Latvia, was third in 1:11:52.

The top American finishers in the race were Adrianna Nelson, 35, who was fifth in 1:12:29 and Sara Hall, 32, seventh in 1:15:45.

No American men cracked the top 10 in the men’s race, which was absolutely dominated by African or African-born runners.

The Great North Run is held each year in September, on a course from Newcastle upon Thyne to South Shields in the northeast of England. Last year’s race had 57,000 participants and celebrated the 1 millionth runner crossing the finish line! Thus it became the first running event in the world to reach such a milestone.

Bupa was the sponsor of the Great North Run from the early 1990s until last year. This year Morrisons became the sponsor. So the Bupa Great North Run is no more. From now on it’s the Morrisons Great North Run.




The mass-participation Bupa Great North Run, held each September between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields in the northeast of England, is the second largest half-marathon in the world. This year's race, which was held Sunday, Sept. 15, was the 33rd annual Great North Run and there were 56,000 total participants (there are several other shorter races on the program), with 41,000 of them finishing the half-marathon in windy and sometimes wet conditions. Next year the event is expected to have its one-millionth finisher, which would make it the first International Athletics Federation (IAAF) event to reach such a milestone. The race was originated in 1981 by former Olympic 10,000-meter bronze medalist and BBC sports commentator Brendan Foster, who's from Gateshead in that area of the country.   

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Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 59:22 MO FARAH 32 ENGLAND
2nd Male Finisher 59:24 STANLEY BIWOTT 29 KENYA
3rd Male Finisher 1:00:10 MIKE KIGEN 29 KENYA
4th Male Finisher 1:00:40 STEPHEN MOKOKA 30 RUSSIA
5th Male Finisher 1:01:14 THOMAS AYEKO 23 UGANDA
6th Male Finisher 1:02:06 BASHIR ABDI 26 BELGIUM
7th Male Finisher 1:02:22 STEPHEN SAMBU 23 KENYA
8th Male Finisher 1:02:32 MARK KIPTOO 39 KENYA
9th Male Finisher 1:03:13 MASATO KIKUCHI 25 JAPAN
10th Male Finisher 1:03:14 TIMOTHY TOROITICH 21 UGANDA
Overall Female Winner 1:07:32 MARY KEITANY 32 KENYA
2nd Female Finisher 1:11:00 GEMMA STEEL 30 ENGLAND
3rd Female Finisher 1:11:52 JELENA PROKOPCUKA 39 LATVIA
4th Female Finisher 1:12:07 ALYSON DIXON 36 ENGLAND
5th Female Finisher 1:12:29 ADRIANNA NELSON 35 UNITED STATES
6th Female Finisher 1:12:41 REIA IWADE 26 JAPAN
7th Female Finisher 1:15:45 SARA HALL 32 UNITED STATES
8th Female Finisher 1:20:33 DIANNE LAUDER 32 ENGLAND
9th Female Finisher 1:21:56 TORI GREEN 23 ENGLAND
10th Female Finisher 1:22:34 DIANE MOORE 32 ENGLAND

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At A Glance
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LocationNewcastle upon Thyne, U.K.
Race DistanceHalf Marathon
Race Date 2016September 11, 2016
  Race Date 2015  September 13, 2015
  Race Date 2014  September 7, 2014
  Race Date 2013  September 15, 2013
  Race Date 2012  September 16, 2012
  Race Date 2011  September 18, 2011
Years Running35
Age Group Awards5 Year
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration

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