Mo Farah has pulled out of the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge on Saturday (10 January) due to illness. The Olympic gold medallists was preparing to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the men's 8K race.
Farah said: "Unfortunately, I have to cancel my participation as I had the flu over Christmas and New Year. My main goal for 2015 is the IAAF World T&F Championships in Beijing and I will keep training hard to defend my 5000m and 10,000m titles.”
Farah withdrew from last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to recover from illness. Saturday’s event in Holyrood Park will still feature world class athletes including Great Britain’s Gemma Steel, Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton, and Kenyan Asbel Kiprop. Scottish trio Callum Hawkins, Andrew Butchart and Luke Caldwell will compete in the 8k, with US-based Scot, Chris O'Hare, running in the 4k.