WYRE Piddle’s Matthew Bond was the fourth British runner to cross the line at the Great North Run after coming home in 15th.

Bond, 30, secured a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the British Olympic Trials but missed out on London 2012. He planned to train for a spot in the marathon at the Games but could not qualify due to a prolonged stay in America.

Bond returned from a twoyear scholarship at Adams State University, Colorado, in May where he saw his times improve dramatically.

His time of one hour four minutes 29 seconds in Newcastle was just short of making the World Half-Marathon Championships.

But Bond is still desperate to get his first British vest and is targeting December’s European Cross-country Championships.

He has qualified as an elite runner for next year’s London Marathon.