Less than a week after concluding his track career with a dramatic victory in Zürich, Mohamed Farah has confirmed he will be aiming for what will be a fourth consecutive Great North Run title when he competes at the South Shields event on Sunday 10 September.
Farah put in one of his most impressive performances at the Diamond League 5,000m final – the Brit, coming into the closing straight flanked by four other runners, managed to hold off the attention of Ethiopian duo Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha to secure gold in 13:06.05.
The Great North Run will therefore mark a new direction in his career with the 34-year-old now focusing solely on the road. His first outing at the race saw him up against both Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in a mouth-watering contest, with Bekele making a decisive move down Heartbreak Hill to impart what would be Farah’s only defeat at the event.
If Farah manages to secure first, he will equal Benson Masya’s record, with the Kenyan winning over the 13.1-mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996. Looking ahead to the event, Farah said: “I’m excited to be competing in the Simplyhealth Great North Run again. It’s one of my favourite races in the calendar.
“The support from the crowds is always amazing and I can’t wait to come back to the North East. Winning just one Great North Run was a lifelong ambition but to win four in a row would be unbelievable.”
The race will be broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday 10 September from 9.30am-1.30pm.