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Two runners just got engaged at the Great North Run

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Getting married is not the first thought on your mind after running a marathon, except if your New Zealand's Jake Robertson.

Robertson, who finished second to Britain’s Mo Farah, popped the question to girlfriend and fellow runner Magdalyne Masai, at the conclusion of the 13.1-mile race.

Despite Robertson’s romantic proposal, it does not appear that the gesture was planned.

Robertson said: “In the last mile it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day.”

Up to 57,000 took part in the event, which saw Britain’s Mo Farah come out on top to claim a fourth successive Great North Run victory.

Farah’s latest win also puts him level on victories with Kenya’s Benson Masya, who achieved success at the event in the 1990s.

Speaking to the BBC, Farah said: “That was really, really tough. I’m sore everywhere – I’ve never been this sore.

“With four miles to go I was just hanging on, gritting my teeth.

“As we got closer, I managed to believe in myself and dig, and I was thinking ‘if I can just sit on him (Robertson), at the end I can sprint.

Ethiopian star Mary Keitany grabbed victory in the women’s elite race for the third time, finishing one minute and 45 seconds ahead of her nearest rivals, Vivian Cheruiyot and Caroline Kipkirui who rounded out the podium.

Manuela Schar broke the course record by over a minute in the women’s wheelchair race, finishing with a time of 48:44.

Meanwhile, a strong finish for three-time runner-up Simon Lawson secured a men’s wheelchair victory for Great Britain as he pulled away from nearest rival Brent Lakatos.

 Image Credit - Wikipedia Commons. Geograph - Peter McDermott

 

 

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