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First past the post: Sir Mo Farah crosses the line to win the Antrim Coast Half Marathon and he also won the hearts of locals

First past the post: Sir Mo Farah crosses the line to win the Antrim Coast Half Marathon and he also won the hearts of locals

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Mia Duddy (8) gets her trainers signed by Sir Mo

Mia Duddy (8) gets her trainers signed by Sir Mo

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Mia Duddy (8) gets her trainers signed by Sir Mo.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Mia Duddy (8) gets her trainers signed by Sir Mo. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
He is pictured with MEA, Mayor Councillor Peter Johnston 
Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. He is pictured with MEA, Mayor Councillor Peter Johnston Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 

P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th September 2020 P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Athletics fans where in for a treat on Saturday when Sir Mo Farah ran and won the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20  
Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday.
The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah,  Wins  the  race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds.

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third.

Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20 Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday. The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah, Wins the race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third. Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20  
Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday.
The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah,  Wins  the  race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds.

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third.

Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20 Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday. The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah, Wins the race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third. Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20  
Sir Mo Farah with Stephen Scullion  in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday.
The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah,  Wins  the  race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds.

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third.

Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20 Sir Mo Farah with Stephen Scullion in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday. The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah, Wins the race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third. Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20  
Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday.
The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah,  Wins  the  race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds.

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third.

Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20 Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday. The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah, Wins the race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third. Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20  
Children Cheering on  Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday.
The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah,  Wins  the  race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds.

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third.

Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 12/09/20 Children Cheering on Sir Mo Farah competes in the P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on Saturday. The Four time Olympic Gold medalist Mo Farah, Wins the race in Larne with dominant display at Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Farah stretched clear in the closing stages of the race to claim victory in a time of 60 minutes 27 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of Marc Scott, with Ben Connor a further 16 seconds back in third. Belfast runner Stephen Scullion thrilled the home fans with a superb race in fourth, posting a new Northern Ireland record of 61:08. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Colm Lenghan/Pacemaker Press

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First past the post: Sir Mo Farah crosses the line to win the Antrim Coast Half Marathon and he also won the hearts of locals

Mobots and selfies, signing of shirts and even trainers - nothing was too much trouble for Sir Mo Farah on a day the Northern Ireland public took the four-time Olympic gold medallist to their hearts.

Sir Mo, after winning Saturday's big Antrim Coast Half Marathon, was surrounded by well-meaning locals - all doing their best to observe social distancing guidelines - and did everything that was asked of him and more before elite race organiser James McIlroy eventually had to step in and guide the long distance legend to a waiting minibus which was heading back to race HQ at the nearby Curran Court Hotel.


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