After the disappointment that ensued from Mo Farah’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games, the double Olympic gold medallist has confirmed he will compete at the Bupa Great North Run next month. A return to the event will see Farah aim to better his second place showing last year, when Kenenisa Bekele headed a star-studded triumvirate that also included Haile Gebrselassie.
News of Farah’s inclusion comes as the athlete prepares for 5000 and 10000 metres at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich next week. His absence at the Commonwealth Games, in which the 31-year-old was due to compete over both distances, was attributed to a recurring illness.
On his participation at the Great North Run, due to take place on Sunday 7 September, Farah commented: “I’m looking forward to returning to the North East to run my second Bupa Great North Run. I have been part of the weekend several times in the past, taking part in the mile and 2 miles races at the Great North City Games on the Quayside. Last year was a great race with Kenenisa and Haile over the half marathon. I would like to come back and win this year.”
The 2013 event showcased a headline trio of Bekele, Gebrselassie and Farah. Even with his electrifying finish over the final stretch of the race, Farah was unable to match Bekele, with the Ethiopian taking victory in 1:00:09. As it stands, Farah will face Stephen Kiprotich, the reigning world and Olympic marathon champion, in the elite field next month.