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Leo gets all shirty with Mo!

FOR one youngster, the Junior Great North Run was a dream of a day after he met up with one of his idols.

Leodhais MacPherson, a pupil at Priory School in Tynemouth, competed in the mini run.

Together with a proud father and a group of friends from Wallsend Harriers, he insisted on staying and watching the action from the 'Athletics Ashes' England-Australia contest.

He was eagerly looking forward to the men's one-mile race - and in particular to seeing his favourite runner Mo Farah.

Unfortunately, after two wins on the Quayside, Farah could not make it a hattrick and had to accept second best behind England team-mate Andy Baddeley. Despite being disappointed at seeing his hero beaten, the sadness soon turned to joy when he asked the European cross-country champion for his autograph.

Leodhais said: "After Mo finished I asked him if I could have his race number and would he sign it.

"He quickly said no problem, but instead of taking the pins out of his number, and passing it to me, he took off his England vest and gave that to me.

"I could not speak after that. It was a wonderful gesture and I think he is a great runner. I would love to be like him someday. "I will treasure the England vest for the rest of my life - and maybe it will be an inspiration to me in years to come."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2009
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