Olympian Mo Farah had to settle for second place at the mud-filled Great Edinburgh Cross Country event on Saturday (9 January). The 32-year-old was beaten in the men’s race at Holyrood Park by American Garrett Heath who finished in 25 minutes 29 seconds.
Farah commented after the race: “It is disappointing to lose but better to lose now than later in the year. I couldn’t really sprint – it was very slippery.” It was Farah’s first appearance at the event since winning it in 2011. Fellow Brit Callum Hawkins was fourth with a time of 25:41.
Compatriot Kate Avery faired better than both in the women’s 6k, recording her first senior international victory as she won the women’s 6k in 21:05. The win came after the recent death of her father and she acknowledged his contribution to her success: "He's still my biggest supporter. I am sure he was pushing me round out there - that's why I ran so well. I knew I was in shape but you never know how your body will react. It was so cold. Everything is geared towards Rio, which is my main aim this year."
For a full list of results, visit our race listing page.