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Scott and Obiri triumph in Great North Run


Britain’s Marc Scott won the 40th edition of the Great North Run in Newcastle, with Kenya’s Hellen Obiri triumphing in the women’s event.

Scott, 27, finished in one hour, one minute and 22 seconds, reclaiming the title held by Mo Farah for the previous six races.

Obiri, the world 5,000m champion, won in 1:07:42 over Scotland’s Eilish McColgan.

Sean Frame, 24, of the United Kingdom, won the men’s wheelchair title for the first time, while Shelly Woods, 35, of the United Kingdom, won the women’s.

Farah had won the men’s elite race every year since 2014, but he did not compete this year. The event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

McColgan, a British 5,000m record holder whose mother Liz McColgan won the race three times in the 1990s, finished six seconds behind Obiri on her half-marathon debut.

The race has traditionally ended in South Shields, but this year’s route has been redesigned, with runners crossing the famous Tyne Bridge twice.

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