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Birmingham man wins half marathon he didn’t realise he’d entered

Confused Birmingham runner Omar Ahmed got an almighty PB when he won a half marathon – after thinking it was just a 10K run.

Omar Ahmed, from Birmingham, sped towards the Bristol Half Marathon line, breaking the tape at 63 minutes.

It was only after crossing the line that the athlete who runs for Birchfield Harriers in Perry Barr revealed to the Bristol Post that he thought he was running the 10k route.

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Omar said: “At the beginning, I thought I was doing a 10k.

“Then I asked someone when I reached the sixth mile, ‘is this a 10k’ and they said ‘no, it’s a half marathon.’

“After that I slowed down a bit, so it’s amazing that I’ve set a new personal best.”

This is the first year the Great Bristol Half Marathon and Great Bristol 10k have been held on the same day. Runners started in staggered waves, which were colour-coded according to ability.

Omar Ahmed (centre) when he came second in the Great Birmingham Run 2018. Left is first place Kadar Abdullahi and right is Ian Williams in third position

Omar set off in the first wave along with the fast-paced 10K entrants and the half marathon runners expected to finish quickest.

The two routes diverge at Merchant’s Road, with the 13-mile route heading out along the Portway and the 10k runners continuing back in towards the city centre.

It seems Omar, who had entered the shorter race, followed the half-marathon route and ended up winning.

Omar added: “It feels great, I never expected to win. I think after this I will go and meet up with my clubmates.

But this is not Omar’s first title this year as he is a highly decorated athlete sponsored by Hoka running gear.

Last month, he claimed victory at the Cosford Spitfire 10K and even set a new course record.

In 2018, Omar Ahmed came second in the Great Birmingham Run behind Kadar Abdullahi with Ian Williams in third position.

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