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Great North Run 2017: Mo Farah wins race for fourth time

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Image caption Mo Farah won the elite men's race in just over an hour

Up to 57,000 people took to the streets in the Great North Run, won by Mo Farah for the fourth time in a row.

The four-times Olympic champion won the elite men's race in one hour and six seconds, with New Zealand's Jake Robertson six seconds behind.

Kenya's Mary Keitany won the elite women's with the third fastest time in its history.

Cumbrian Simon Lawson took the elite men's wheelchair race with a time of 44 minutes and 22 seconds.

Switzerland's Manuela Schar set a course record winning the elite women's wheelchair race in 48 minutes and 44 seconds.

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Image caption The Red Arrows took their customary turn over the race

It was Keitany's third Great North Run, which this time she finished in one hour, five minutes and 59 seconds.

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot came second and fellow countrywoman Caroline Kipkirui came third.

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Image caption Mary Keitany made the third fastest women's time in the run's history
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Image caption Simon Lawson took the men's elite wheelchair title with five seconds to spare

Speaking to BBC One, Mo Farah said the race had been "really tough".

"I'm sore everywhere," he said.

"I've never been this sore - I think it's down to a lack of training.

"With four miles to go, I was hanging on and gritting my teeth.

"I was thinking if I can just sit on him then, at the end, I can sprint."

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Image caption Elite men's winner mo Farah admits to a lack of training

While Farah was lying on the road recovering, Robertson proposed to his girlfriend Magdalyne Masai from Kenya - who had just finished fourth in the women's elite race.

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Image caption The proposal on the finish line appeared to have been accepted

Celebrities running in this year's race included television presenter Davina McCall, newsreader Sophie Raworth and X Factor contestant Sam Lavery.

The 13.1-mile race from Newcastle to South Shields - now in its 37th year - originally had 12,000 runners take part.

Organisers said the 2016 event had participants from 178 countries.

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Image caption Davina McCall completed the race in two hours, six minutes and 52 seconds

Julie Robinson from Jesmond in Newcastle, who was cheering on her stepdaughter, said the race was "wonderful, fantastic".

"I've probably been here coming to support for about 15 years," she said.

"I've ran it quite a few times myself.

"It's a great atmosphere and there's no excuse for me because I'm only across the Town Moor home."

Image caption For every runner in standard running kit, there's another dressed to the nines

This year's event was started by the run's founder Brendan Foster, who recently announced his retirement.

There was also a minute's applause for veteran television presenter Mike Neville, who died on Tuesday, and who started the first run in 1981.

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Image caption Minions tend to stand out from the crowd
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Image caption Dozens of runners manage the race dressed in less streamlined clothing
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