It’s shaping up to be a busy 2015 for Mo Farah after he confirmed he will kick-start his season at the international Great Edinburgh XCountry event in January. The 31-year-old is also preparing to defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the World Championships in Beijing.
Farah has enjoyed considerable success at cross country events before: as a 15-year-old, he won the intermediate boys’ race at the 1999 English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Luton. In 2006, he claimed his first international title when he won the senior men’s race at the European Cross Country Championships at San Giorgio su Lugano in Italy.
“Next year will be an important year for me and I’m looking forward to returning to the Great Edinburgh Cross Country to kick off my season. For many years I ran cross country to build my base for the summer track season and it will be nice to return to Edinburgh and try to repeat my winning run of 2011 there.”
Farah has had an eventful 2014, competing in his first ever marathon at London where he took eighth position and setting an English national record. After withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow through injury, the athlete secured a double gold at the European Athletics Championships, followed up with victory at September’s Great North Run.
Reflecting on his year, Farah said: “It was a fantastic feeling winning the Great North Run in front of a home crowd in September and I’m sure there will be plenty of support in Edinburgh for my first event in 2015.”
The accompanying 5K Great Winter Run is organised for Saturday 10 January and is open to all runners. Competitors follow a course from Queen's Drive around Arthur's Seat, past St Margaret's and Dunsapie Loch before the hard work is rewarded with some amazing views of Edinburgh as you circle Arthur’s Seat. More information is available here.