13 July 2020

Athletics: Great North Run results

October 6, 2008

Jo Pavey finished third in yesterday’s Great North Run with Ethiopia’s Gete Wami clinching the title after a sprint finish.

Kenyan Magdelane Mukunzi took second place in a thrilling race. In the closing stages nothing could separate the trio but finally with 30m to go Wami broke and secured her win.

Jo Pavey is planning to compete in he marathon in 2012 and smashed over two minutes off her half-marathon personal best time finishing in 1.08:53.

Pavey finished 12th in the 10,000, in Beijing this summer and was using the event to help decide if she will do another track season or train for the marathon at next summer’s World Athletics Championships.

“I was pleased to get a PB,” Pavey said. “It was fantastic to have a good race at the end but I am frustrated to come third after all that distance running together.

“I battled and battled to the end. I wanted to do everything possible to win in a big race like this. It was a positive step forward, the most positive I’ve ever felt in a long race.

“I enjoyed it. I am considering running the Great South Run and then I will look towards a marathon at some point. But that is a long way away.”

In the wheelchair event Britain’s Shelly Woods narrowly missed out on the title after a nail bititng finish with Canadaian Diane Roy.

Roy just pippped reigning champion Woods over the line by one second finishing in 51 minutes 18 seconds.

Woods won the event in 2005 and 2007 but said that Roy “was the better woman on the day”.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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