We all know that Mo Farah is a national hero after his heroics in previous Olympic Games.
Farah won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres at Rio this summer, emulating his achievements from four years ago in London.
And he rounded off the perfect summer superbly completing a hat-trick of Great North Run triumphs, completing the race in one hour and one second.
But someone that has plenty more hat-tricks in that part of the world is Alan Shearer. The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer became a Newcastle legend after scoring 206 goals in 405 appearances during his 10 seasons at St. James’ Park.
Ahead of this year’s race, Farah was asked his three favourite things about the North East and he replied: “the Quayside, the Tyne Bridge and Shearer playing for Newcastle United.”
Farah also revealed he was planning on copying Shearer's celebration if he was set to cross the line first. He said: “I want to come over the line and do the Shearer, arm in the air.”
And in honour of the former striker, Farah did perform Shearer’s infamous arm-raise celebrations before crossing the line - he even pretended to score a goal beforehand.
Check out the video below:
After seeing that Farah had used his celebration during the run, Shearer responded brilliantly. He tweeted: "Love it @Mo_Farah! Apparently, they've already built a statue of you to commemorate your hat-trick #GreatNorthRun.”
Of course, the statue outside St. James’ Park is to commemorate Shearer, rather than Farah.