Athletics: Farah to take part in Great North Run

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Mo Farah announced he will appear in Great North Run in South Shields in September where he will take on two of biggest names in distance running in Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.

The Ethiopian duo will be in action in the half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields on 15 September where they will come up against the double Olympic Champion, who set a new British record for the half-marathon in New Orleans in February.

“It has the makings of the greatest head to head in half-marathon history,” said event founder Brendan Foster.

Farah, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has revealed he plans to run in a full marathon next year but before that he is looking forward to the Great North Run, where he will try and emulate Steve Kenyon – the last Briton to win the race back in 1985.

“I competed in the mile and two-mile events on Great North Run weekend in past years and am delighted to finally make my debut in the main event,” Farah said.

“It is always one of the world’s top half-marathon races and this year promises to be a great race with me against Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.”

It’s some welcome good news for British athletics fans following the disappointing announcement on Friday that another Olympic hero, Jessica Ennis-Hill, will miss 12 to 15 weeks with an Achilles injury.

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