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Around 30,000 runners took part in this year’s Great Manchester Run, including a number of people who had been affected by last year’s Manchester bombings, which happened six days before the 2017 run.
Sir Mo Farah won the 10km race, beating Ugandan Moses Kipsiro in a sprint finish and crossing the line in 28 minutes 27 seconds. The British Olympic and world 10,000m champion said he felt ‘tired’ after his first victory in the Great Manchester Run, a month after breaking the British marathon record at London Marathon 2018.
Farah said he was still recovering from his efforts last April, at his first marathon since switching his focus to road racing. Telling BBC Sport: “I’ve got great speed and I know that at the end of the races I can use it if the guys haven’t hurt me enough, so today was a matter of hanging in there. I was pretty tired. Having completed the marathon not so long ago, today was hard work.”
Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba won the women’s race 10K race for the third year running, finishing in 31 minutes 8 seconds, almost a minute before Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, who crossed the line in 31 minutes 57 seconds.
Farah also took part in the minute’s silence for the 22 people who tragically lost their lives in last year’s Manchester bombings at the Ariana Grande concert. After the silence, the crowd applauded and Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” played over the loudspeakers.
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Some of the survivors took part in the race, including Martin Hibbert, who was paralysed from the waist down and took part in the 10K wheelchair race, fundraising for the three hospitals that treated him and his daughter.
15-year-old Freya Lewis, who was seriously injured during the attack said she was “overwhelmed” to be the honorary starter of the junior event.