Mo Farah eyeing Tokyo after winning fourth successive Great North Run

Soldiers applaud as Farah sprints to the line after overtaking Robertson

Soldiers applaud as Farah sprints to the line after overtaking RobertsonRICHARD SELLERS PA

Up to 57,000 people took to the streets in the Great North Run, won by Mo Farah for the fourth time in a row.

Just hours earlier, Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, saw off a determined challenge from New Zealand's Jake Robertson in the closing stages of the Great North Run to finish in a time of one hour and six seconds.

Farah will run in the London Marathon on April 22 next year, the race where he made his debut over the distance in 2014, finishing eighth.

It was a spontaneous romantic gesture that the 27-year-old thought up on route to his 1 minute 12 seconds showing in the North East race.

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Kenya's Mary Keitany won the elite women's with the third fastest time in its history as Vivian Cheruiyot came second and fellow countrywoman Caroline Kipkirui came third.

British track great Mo Farah said he wants to start "a new adventure" after confirming on Sunday he will compete in next year's London Marathon.

Asked why she wanted to end with the Great North Run, which she is running alongside partner Damian Woolfe, she said: "The GNR is one of the most iconic races and in Rach's home city, so it seemed the ideal way to end my week".

Briton Simon Lawson came first in the men's wheelchair race, with Swiss athlete Manuela Shar winning the women's.

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Robertson was six seconds back in second place, with Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, third.

The previous times I have taken part (in 2013 and 2014) were fantastic.

Emily said: "It's been the toughest week of my life in ways I never thought".

"With four miles to go I was hanging on - but I managed to believe in myself and know that at the end I can sprint".

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