Great North Run 2021: Hellen Obiri and Eilish McColgan triumph - Women's Running

Great North Run 2021: Hellen Obiri and Eilish McColgan triumph

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  September 13, 2021

Hellen Obiri wins the women's race at the Great North Run, as mass running events return

Sunday 12 September saw the 40th edition of the UK’s biggest running event, the Great North Run. With about 57,000 runners registered to race, the event’s return is significant to the reopening of mass events after the coronavirus pandemic.

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan (who you can listen to on the Women’s Running podcast here) was a favourite to win, and ran brilliantly, but narrowly lost out to Kenya’s Hellen Obiri by just six seconds. Obiri crossed the line in 1:07:42, around four minutes off the women’s world record held by Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

The men’s race was won by Britain’s Marc Scott with a time of 1:01:22, breaking Mo Farah’s six-year streak as winner. Farah didn’t complete this year, and last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Fellow six-time winner Shelley Woods, another Brit, took first place in the women’s wheelchair race, as contestants took on a revised route that saw them cross the Tyne Bridge twice.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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