Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah will return to Tyneside to defend his Great North Run title on 11 September. The 33-year-old will join 57,000 participants as he aims to win his third consecutive title at the half marathon.
Farah finished runner-up to Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele in 2013, before claiming the Great North Run crown in 2014 and retaining it a year later with a time of 59:22 – the quickest half marathon time ever run by a European athlete.
Mo said: “It’s a big year for me, but once it’s over it will be great to end my season at one of my favourite events, with Tania (his wife) taking part as a fun runner too. I love the Great North Run and the incredible atmosphere at the event. The noise from the crowd in those last few hundred metres is just unbelievable!”
Brendan Foster, chairman of event organisers The Great Run Company, said: “Mo has become one of the biggest sporting superstars of our time. We are absolutely thrilled he will be back on Tyneside in September aiming to make it three in a row.”