Sir Mo Farah will continue his transition from track racing by competing at next year’s Great Manchester Run. Farah, who recently set a record-equaling fourth victory at the Great North Run, will no doubt be looking to improve upon his previous performance at the event a decade ago in which he placed third.
Organised initially as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and now stands as Europe’s largest 10k road race with an average of 25,000 runners competing annually.
This May drew in another massive turnout and also saw the first staging of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run Half Marathon, which will return alongside the 10k on Sunday 20 May.
The 10K and half marathon both start on Portland Street, the half marathon plots a course to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, before heading west to Manchester United’s Old Trafford, where it picks up the 10K route back into the city centre, finishing on Deansgate alongside the iconic Beetham Tower.
Looking ahead to his return to Manchester, Farah commented: “I can’t wait to take on the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run next year. It’s hard to believe that it has been more than ten years since I first raced there.
“It’s a fantastic course which has brought some of the best athletes in the world to Manchester. It’s a city that loves its sport and I’m looking forward to coming back. The Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is the biggest race in town and I will be making sure I’m in good shape for next May.”
Registration for the event is available here.