The Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie has won the Great Manchester Run for the fourth time, pulling clear of the British runner Chris Thompson to ease to victory in the 10km race.
Gebrselassie, the marathon world-record holder who won the event in 2005, 2009 and 2010, posted a time of 28min 10sec in wet and windy conditions.
“I am so happy to come back here again and again,” said Gebrselassie, who ran eight seconds slower than his winning time 12 months ago. “It’s wonderful.”
Thompson kept pace with Gebrselassie for 7km, even coming up to the shoulder of the 38-year-old two-time Olympic 10,000m champion at one point, before fading and finishing second in 28min 21sec. Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine came third, four seconds further behind.
“I didn’t expect that from this boy,” Gebrselassie said of Thompson. “He ran so great.”
Britain’s Helen Clitheroe, the 3,000m champion at the European indoors this year, smashed her personal best by 30 seconds to win the women’s race in 31min 45sec.
Clitheroe led from the start to cross the line ahead of France’s Christelle Daunay, who was 14 seconds behind. Kenya’s Grace Momanyi, the Commonwealth 10,000m champion, was third in 32min 5sec.