9 Jan

Farah Plus 1,200 Have Great Winter Run

Local boy Mickey Breen (Corstorphine AAC) and Central AC's Michael Wright filled the minor placing's at yesterday's Bupa Great Winter Run behind the comfortable winner Ben Buckingham who finished in 16:29. Michael's club mate Jennifer Emsley was first woman in 19:43.

Over 1,200 runners completed the Run enjoying the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park despite wintery conditions in Edinburgh. Midpoint runner was Joseph McShane in 29:41 while Susan McCall of Serpentine Running Club was the back marker in 55:35.

Great Winter runners were also able to catch top athletic action and see Mo Farah produce a great start to his New Year with an awesome performance to win the the International Men's Team Challenge. Farah destroyed the hopes of his rivals with a tactical break with over a lap remaining, winning the 8K race in 25 minutes 41 seconds ahead of the USA's Galen Rupp (25:50) and Spain's Ayad Lamsdassam (25:55).

His individual effort however was not good enough to guarantee a host nation victory. The performance of Lamdassam, who was followed home by Sergey Lebid, led a Europe Select team to victory with 50 points. The United States finished three points behind with the GB & NI seniors third, totalling 69pts and its U23s squad fourth, aggregating 164.

Linet Masai, untroubled by the conditions, impressed in clinching the 5.7 kilometres title for the second time in three years while there was a brave run from European Junior Charlotte Purdue, first Briton home in fourth place.

In a talented field of almost 200 Neil Orr was first boy in the junior event in a time of 7:21, and Laura Clark was first girl in 8:04.

Check out race times on our results page.