The talk before the Great Scottish Run may have centred around Haile Gebrselassie defending his half marathon title, but Stephen Mokoka was the name on everyone's lips after winning the men's race on Sunday (5 October). The South African was delighted with his victory, finishing in an impressive 60:25.
Mokoka said afterwards: “I’m really happy about my performance. When I left South Africa I was looking for a time of around 61 minutes, so I’m very happy about the outcome. It’s my second fastest half-marathon time.”
Mokoka did not have to contend with Gebrselassie who withdrew 19 minutes into the race with respiratory problems. 41-year-old Gebreslassie reassured everyone that his difficulties weren’t serious: "I'm ok now, after I dropped out at 20 minutes I was struggling a bit with the breathing and I'm OK, not too bad actually."
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya set a new course record in the women's half marathon, finishing in 67:57. The 34-year-old commented: “It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever run – flat, with small hills. I’d like to come back to defend my title next year."
The Great Scottish Run field also included a string of celebrities, including Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell, Hollywood actress Shuana MacDonald and her actor husband Cal MacAninch. Commonwealth, World and European champion swimmer Alison Sheppard, 41, also took part.
Sean Fontana of Victoria Park ACC was fastest male in the 10K earlier in the day, with a time of 31:33. First female to cross the finish line was Laura Dunn of Edinburgh AC (35:17).
For a full list of results, go to our race listings page.