Newcastle to South Shields, UK – It was a case of five times lucky for Berhane Adere while Hendrick Ramaala completed a hat trick of wins in the BUPA Great North Run this morning as the Ethiopian and South African were crowned 2006 champions after breaking away from their respective rivals in the final two miles of the Newcastle to South Shields Half Marathon.
After winning here in 1997 and 2003, the 34-year-old Ramaala judged his race perfectly to clock up his third win in this event in 1:01:04. Only Kenya’s Benson Masya (with four) has had more victories, while Ramaala has now finished first three times, second and third in his five appearances in the Tyneside race.
Oops…missed that. That's what you get when you're rushing to get news posted. Oh well, if ESPN and other sites can do that on occasion, I'm going to take the liberty of saying it's not the end of the world if I do it once or twice.