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Gebrselassie sets record time in Great Run
Over 15,000 runners took to the streets of Birmingham last weekend to participate in the Great Birmingham Run
Over 15,000 runners took to the streets of Birmingham last weekend to participate in the Great Birmingham Run. It is also believed that a further 60,000 spectators lined the streets to cheer on the runners.
Haile Gebrselassie, who holds an honorary degree at the University of Birmingham, took the win with an emphatic time of 61 minutes and 29 seconds. He set the fastest course completion time since the Great Birmingham Run's establishment in 2008. This adds to the African's honours which include two Olympic 10,000m gold medals, four world championship titles and 26 other world records.
British runner Gemma Steel was the women's winner, finishing in 72 minutes and 21 seconds, more than a minute ahead of second place Louise Damen.
The course took runners on a 13.1 mile circuit around Birmingham. Andy Ridley (20) completed the entire course in a banana costume with his friend Ryan Lee (20), both sports science students at the University of Birmingham.