Mo Farah is set to return to Manchester this weekend, with The Great Run Company announcing earlier this year that he’d be taking part in this year’s Great Manchester Run.
The beloved Olympian, who stole the hearts of the nation after a stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, will compete against thousands of Mancs taking on the 10K challenge, including last year’s runner-up – fellow Olympian Andy Butchart – and Australian runner Stewart McSweyn, three-time Oceanic record holder and four-time Diamond League winner. Sounds like Farah has stiff competition this year.
Looking ahead to the race, Sir Mo said: “I’m pleased to say the injury problems I had last year are now behind me, training has been going well and I am happy with the shape I am showing.
“Any time I race in the UK it is exciting for me because I love running in front of my home fans and I want to give my best for them. I had an amazing reception in Manchester when I won the event in 2018 so I’m looking forward to racing on the streets of the city again later this year.”
Chairman of the Great Run Company, Sir Brendan Foster said: “We’re thrilled that Sir Mo will be returning to the Great Manchester Run this year and we’re looking forward to an exciting elite race in the 10K.
“I know it’s his birthday today, so a big happy birthday to Mo, but having him back on the streets of Manchester will be a gift for everyone who comes out to cheer him on and everyone watching at home.”
The Great Manchester Run will take place on Sunday 22 May and will be televised live on the BBC for those of us who prefer to kick back with our feet up on a weekend. If you do want to enter and take on Sir Mo, however, the run is open to all ages and abilities and you can register here.
Around 15,000 people enter the race every single year, which is one of the annual highlights here in the city. Each race day, Manchester comes to life with thousands of runners, exciting music and the cheers of on-lookers.