Mo Farah will kick off his 2016 season in Scotland as he tackles the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country on Saturday 9 January. The 32-year-old took his haul of global gold medals to a magnificent seven when he retained his World Championship 5000m and 10,000m titles in Beijing in August.
Great Edinburgh Return For Farah
Now, as he works towards the defence of his Olympic titles in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, the leading light of the distance running world will be laying the groundwork with his first cross country race since he triumphed in the 8km Great Edinburgh International race in January 2011.
Farah said: “It will be an important year for me in 2016 and I'm looking forward to returning to the Great Edinburgh Cross Country to kick off my season. For many years cross country was a key building block for the year ahead and I'm pleased to add it to my schedule for the first time since I ran in Edinburgh back in 2011.”
The Great Edinburgh International XCountry, televised live on BBC, is part of a New Year festival for runners of all abilities, based at Holyood Park, next to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The Pure Gym Great Winter Run, held on a scenic 5km course that loops around Arthur's Seat, provides the public with a perfect opportunity to dust off the New Year cobwebs before watching the world's best test themselves in the international cross country races.
Entry to the Pure Gym Great Winter Run is available online at the event website.