Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 19-09-2011

Gerrard goes well at Great North Run

by Manx Radio

Gerrard goes well at Great North Run

Keith Gerrard smashed the Manx record for the Great North Run at the weekend.

The 24-year old clipped more than three minutes off Steve Kelly's record of 1:06:53 which stood for 33 years.

The half-marathon race between Newcastle and South Shields is one of the biggest running competitions in the world, with upwards of 50,000 entrants.

The men's race was won by Kenyan Martin Mathathi in a time of 58:56, Gerrard was tenth.

Lucy Wangui made it a double for Kenya by winning the women's race in 1:07.06.

Josh Cassidy of Canada took the honours in the men's wheelchair race and Shelly Woods of the United Kingdom was first in the women's wheelchair class.

Dame Tanni Grey Thompson previously dominated the women's wheelchair race, winning eight times from 1990 to 1999.

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