“Sorry I couldn’t go faster today…always looking for more, but a couple mistakes were made...enough on the day”.
Britain’s Paralympic superstars continued their dominance over both long and short distances last weekend (14-15 September) over two days of action at the Great North CityGames and the Bupa Great North Run.
On Saturday, Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock chalked up another victory in his campaign against American rival Richard Browne after collecting the 100m T44 world title at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France in July.
The win will go some way to helping Peacock lick his wounds after Browne put in a world record-breaking time of 10.75 seconds to beat him at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the Olympic Park in front of a sold-out crowd less than five days later.
Peacock crossed the line at the Gateshead Quayside track in 11.09 seconds ahead of Browne in 11.14 seconds, who was slow out of the blocks on a cold day with a -1.5 m/s headwind. Dutch javelin-thrower turned sprinter Ronald Hertog finished in third and David Prince in fourth.
Despite the win, Peacock took to Twitter after the race to apologise to fans for what he felt was a comparably slow time: “Sorry I couldn’t go faster today…always looking for more, but a couple mistakes were made...enough on the day”.
On Sunday, two-time London Marathon winner and 2012 silver medallist Shelley Woods collected her fifth Great North Run win in the women’s wheelchair race ahead of team mates Jade Jones and Megan Dawson-Farrell in 54:28.
In the men’s event Brit David Weir beat Canadian Josh Cassidy (43:06), who suffered mechanical problems early on meaning that he struggled to keep up with the Paralympic marathon T54 champion. The victory is Weir’s fifth and concludes a difficult season for the man nicknamed ‘The Weirwolf’ who delighted crowds in London by picking up six golds.
Spaniard Rafa Botello Jiminez completed the top three on a blustery day in the north-east.
The Great North CityGames have been running for five years with this being the first time the event has been run as an individual, rather than team, competition.
The Great North Run celebrated its 33rd year and attracted over 55,000 runners.