Great North Run: Hartlepool woman completes race for 25th time

Pauline Ranson

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Hartlepool woman Pauline Ranson was one of 57,000 runners who completed the Great North Run as she completed the course for the 25th time.

Mo Farah won the 13.1 mile race for the second year in a row as he saw off strong competition from Kenya’s Stanley Biwott at the finish in South Shields.

It’s always a brilliant event to be involved in, with the atmosphere always so positive and the turnout fantastic

Pauline Ranson

Pauline, meanwhile, was one of the fun runners, with the 51-year-old, of Seaton Carew, experienced in the Great North Run.

She has been running in the half-marathon for the last quarter of a century, and crossed the finish line in 2:11.

Pauline, of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers, said: “This is the 25th time I’ve done it, and it normally takes me about 2:10.

“It’s always a brilliant event to be involved in, with the atmosphere always so positive and the turnout fantastic.”

It was the 35th staging of the half-marathon, which runs between Newcastle and South Shields.

Farah became just the second British man to win the event twice, just weeks after he defended his 10,000 and 5,000m world titles.

In the women’s race, Mary Keitany triumphed, while David Weir won the elite wheelchair race for the sixth time.

Shelly Woods won the women’s wheelchair event for the seventh time.

People lined the streets of the route, with the elite athletes followed by fun and charity runners.

It is estimated that about £25million was raised for charity from those taking part.