NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – World-record holder David Rudisha and Briton superstar Mo Farah appeared to have been “arrested for speeding” in cheeky snaps shared by Northumbria Police on Saturday.
Jovial officers posted the prank on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday as the gold medal winning Olympian, Farah fitted in some last minute training ahead of the Great North Run on Sunday.
The officers caught up with Mo and fellow Olympian world-record holder Rudisha on the Quayside in Newcastle, where thousands of children have taken part in the mini and junior Great North Runs today.
The tongue-in-cheek post read: “We were called to central Newcastle today after reports of a speeding object on the Quayside.
“Our officers attended and found two men claiming that they were Olympic gold medallists and had set off our speed cameras in a practice jog.
“They kept telling us to Google Mo Farah and David Rudisha but we weren’t having any of it so decided they needed to pay a visit to custody.
“Due to a lack of evidence we had to release them without charge after a brief chat in the back of our police car.
“Turns out they were telling the truth after all! Good luck tomorrow Mo in the #GreatNorthRun and well done to David in the #CityGames2016!”
The joke appears to have gone down well, with social media users praising the police sense of humour.
Lisa Burns wrote: “I love it. Nice to see everyone enjoying themselves before the big race tomorrow. Mo is so laid back and such a gentleman. Good luck everyone.”
Trisuci Wilson added: “This is brilliant! Mo is such a humble guy willing to joke around with our police.”
Farah said earlier this week he wanted to win his third Great North Run on Sunday, so he could make it a hat-trick “like Shearer.”
The Olympic hero ditched his classic ‘Mobot’ in favour of Alan Shearer’s raised-arm goal celebration, as he said he wants to make it a hat-trick of Great North Run victories.
“I wanted to come back to see if I could score a hat-trick — one last time to see if I could do three in a row, a bit like Alan Shearer,” he said, raising his arm in the famous celebration.
The back-to-back winner hinted that this would be his final Great North Run and asked people to come out and cheer him on.
“I just wanted to thank to all the people in the North East hopefully you’ll come out on Sunday and give me your support one last time,” he said.
The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history added to his London 2012 medal haul with golds again in both the 5000m and 10,000m races at Rio.
-By Chronicle Live-