WINNER Kenenisa Bekele, who has battled his way back from injury, was understandably proud of his Great North Run triumph today.
The pre-race build-up had focused on the contest between British double world and double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Ethiopians Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie.
And the race did not disappoint as the trio remained glued together for most of the 13.1-mile course across Newcastle and South Shields.
In the end it was Bekele who led the three runners home in a time of one hour and nine seconds, holding off a late charge from Farah over the last 100 metres.
He said: “It was amazing. Since before the World Championships I was concentrating on training hard.
“I’m feeling confident, I trained well and in the end I did it.”