World and Olympic champion Mo Farah became the first British man to win the Great North Run as he held off the challenge of Kenyan Mike Kigen to take victory in a new British record.
Farah, who lost out to the great Kenenisa Bekele in last year's race, prevailed in a similar encounter this time round, pulling away from Kigen with 200 metres to go to finish in a time of exactly one hour.
Difficult year ends on positive note
It ends what has been a difficult year for the 31-year-old, after what was a disappointing start to 2014.
Farah competed in his first marathon in London in April, struggling to an eighth placed finish, before a series of injuries resulted in him missing the Commonwealth Games.
Despite that, the Somalian born athlete won two golds at the European Championships in Zurich, and has now added the Great North Run title to his growing list of accolades.
His British record time also means Farah holds the fastest UK times for the 1500m, the 5000m and 10,000m on the track, and the 5km and 10km on the road, alongside the half marathon.
The race in the Tyne and Wear was not comfortable for Farah, though, with his training partner Kigen refusing to give in right up until the line.
"It feels great but I had to dig in deep out there," Farah told BBC Sport. "Mike kept on pushing and I just wanted to hang on in there and I knew I had the pace at the end.
"Now I want to take a break and relax and get ready for the World Championships next year."
If he can take the form from the latter stages of the year into Beijing, Farah may well add to his global list of titles.
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