A FAMILY of Mo Farah fans fear an act of kidness by the Olympic and world champion may have cost him the Great North Run.
George Kirwan, six, and his sister Bethany, five, turned out for the race on Sunday and did the ‘Mo-bot’ move to spur their favourite on.
Farah took off his hat as he ran past and threw it to the youngsters – giving them a unique memento from the race, but a nagging feeling that his gesture cost him a race that he lost by just one second.
The youngsters watched the race with their mum Christina, and baby brother Harrison, and were at the Jarrow end of the John Reid Road when their idol pounded into view with the eventual winner, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, and third-placed Haile Gebreselassie.
Seeing the youngsters doing his trademark ‘Mo-bot’, the runner then decided to throw his Nike hat to the family as he went past.
Christina, 34, from Hadrian Road, Jarrow, said: “They were so excited, I had the camera ready to take a picture but forgot, we were all screaming that much.
“As he came past us he paused slightly, took his hat off and threw it to the children. They were thrilled to bits.” The family, drenched by this point, headed back to their home to watch Farah cross the finish line in South Shields on television.
However, when they realised he had lost out to Bekele by just one second, after completing the race in one hour and 10 seconds, questions were asked.
Christina said: “When we saw how close he came to winning, George said ‘Do you think he lost because he stopped to give us his hat?’.
He missed out by one second and I do feel that if he hadn’t so kindly paused to give us his hat he would have came first.”
The family are now debating whether to auction off their memento for charity or keep it as a memento.
Christina added: “I haven’t let the children take it to school in case they lost it. We’re going to keep it safe for now.
“We thought we might auction it for charity, but there’s no certificate of authenticity with it, so we might just keep it as a talking point.”