Hellen Obiri, Elijah Manangoi, Faith Chepng’etich, Almaz Ayana, Anthony Joshua, Mohamed Sala, Caster Semenya, Eniola Aluko, Wayde Van Niekerk, Asisat Oshoala, Kagiso Rabada, Vivian Cheruiyot, Frankfurt marathon, Mary Keitany, Mary Keitany, Great North Run, Meselech Melkamu, Caroline Kilel, Geoffrey Kirui, Faith Chepngetich, Conseslus Kipruto, Hellen Obiri, Elijah Manangoi, Edna Kiplagat, Timothy Cheruiyot, Paul Tanui, Hyvin Kiyeng, Agnes Jebet, Kipyegon Bett

Birthday girl Vivian Cheruiyot wins Great North Run title

Celebrating her birthday, reigning London Marathon champion won her second title of the Great North Run today leading podium finish for Kenyan runners.

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It was bad day for Kenyan men who did not make it to the podium.

As she marked her 35th birthday the reigning Olympic 5,000m champion won the race in 67:43 to recapture the title she won for the first time in 2016.

In 2017, Cheruiyot lost the title to former world half marathon record holder Mary Keitany, to finish second.

Reigning Honolulu Marathon champion Brigid Kosgei came second in 67:52 followed by World Half Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei claimed the last podium place in 68:11 completing the podium before 2009 World 10,000m champion Linet Masai (68:11) returned in action finishing 4th in an all Kenyan 1-2-3-4 positions.

Running on home turf, double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah went for a record fifth title in the men’s race in a course record 59:26.

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