Haile Gebreslassie lived up to his nickname of the Emperor as he put on a commanding performance in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon yesterday (6 October). The 40-year-old set a new all-comers half marathon record in 1:01:09, beating previous holder Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai's time by one second.
It was a two-man showdown for much of the race as Emmanuel Bett went head to head with Gebrselassie. Though, eventually the Kenyan's stamina subsided and Gebrselassie surged ahead shortly after the 11-mile mark.
Gebrselassie said afterwards: "He's a tough guy to race, very tough. I kept trying to get away but he was running well."
The women's race was more straightforward with Scot, Susan Partridge, breaking away from the pack at four miles and maintaining her lead throughout the race, finishing in 01:10:40.
The Leeds-based athlete seemed surprised at her own performance: "I didn't think I would get away so early. I didn't know how fast I was going, but it wasn't a problem running on my own. It's easier when you're leading and much harder when you've been dropped."
Callum Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC claimed victory in the men's 10K with a time of 29:39, with Beth Potter winning the women's race in 34:04.
The weekend saw around 30,000 competitors taking part in the half marathon, 10k, and junior races. Olympian, Katherine Grainger, started runners off in the 10k and half marathon, and celebrities including Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Emmerdale actors Chris Chittell and Eden Taylor Draper, and world champion swimmer Keri-Anne Payne took part in the 10K.
For a full list of results visit our race listings page.