Mo Farah and Steph Twell claimed victory at the Vitality London 10,000, winning British 10km road titles on a sunny morning in the UK capital.
Contesting his second 10km race in nine days after his victory at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, 10-time global track gold medallist Farah clocked 29:44 to win ahead of Aldershot, Farnham & District duathlete Richard Allen and former triathlete Matthew Sharp.
Twell claimed a clear win in the women’s race, running 32:34 to secure success ahead of Gemma Steel and Jo Pavey.
Returning to race in the UK capital after his British record for third in the Virgin Money London Marathon last month, Farah moved ahead at around 4km but Sharp and Allen stayed with him until he pulled away in the closing stages to win by four seconds, claiming his sixth win at this event. Sharp was a further two seconds back, while Mohamud Aadan was fourth in 29:58 and Jonny Mellor fifth in 30:04.
Joined by his family at the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace, Farah said: “I’m happy with that. It’s nice to be able to get a good run here in London. I’ve raced here so many times but it’s nice to be able to win.
“My shape is not great but a win is a win and I’m happy with that even if the time was a little bit slow. It was nice to be able to run with the club runners.”
Allen said: “It was very slow for the first 5km. Mo helped and said to concentrate and sit in. It was great to run with him.
“I tracked Matt when Mo kicked and I have been finishing well lately and am confident in my kick. I passed Matt with 50 metres to go.”