The Great North Run never fails to produce wonderful moments as it has done again this year.
The world’s largest annual half-marathon race, which takes place in the North East of England each September, saw four-time Olympic champion, Mo Farah, win the race for a record-breaking fourth successive year on Sunday.
He saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the race to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.
The 34-year-old is the first athlete to win the Great North Run four times in a row and is now level in terms of most victories with Kenya’s Benson Masya, who was champion four times in the 1990s.
Farah achievement will take more than a few years to be broken as his name will forever be synonymous with long distance running.
The Somali-born athlete was, however, out shun on the day by Robertson who despite coming second, won the race to the heart of his Kenyan girlfriend Magdalyne Masai who agreed to his finish line proposal.
The New Zealand star waited for Masai, who finished fourth in the women’s elite race, before getting down on one knee and popping the question.
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Cheers and applauds erupted in the crowd as Magdalyne, who is the younger sister to 2009 Berlin 10,000m World Champion Linet Masai, accepted and the happy couple embraced.
The 27-year-old New Zealander who moved to Iten, Kenya with his twin brother and fellow professional runner Zane Robertson 10 years ago told the media he planned it all today.
“In the last mile, it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day,” he said.
More history is set to be made at the Great North Run finish line as scientist Laura Cort and her American sweetheart Christina Richter will be getting married there.
The couple will make history as they take their vows at the end of the course in South Shields.
Laura, who is originally from Peterlee, County Durham, but now living in Delaware, America, will be surrounded by loved ones as she says ‘I do’ to her partner, who works as a U.S. charity campaigner.
The soon to be couple will freshen up in a ‘delux’ Portaloo in South Shields before walking down the aisle.
Before the race, Laura said: “When she popped the question I had no idea the ceremony would be at the next year’s Great North Run. No-one has ever done it before so we are making history.