One of the most iconic figures in distance running, Haile Gebrselassie, has announced he will be competing at next month's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Gebrselassie's participation in Glasgow will come less than a month after competing against Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah in this weekend's Bupa Great North Run.
Gebrselassie, affectionately known as The Emperor, has won four World Championships gold medals and set a remarkable 27 world records. Now 40, the Ethiopian has shown a remarkable longevity to his running career, illustrated by his performance at the Bupa Great Manchester Run. Despite finishing third, he clocked 28 minutes flat and set a World Masters record in the process.
Peter Riley, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run elite athletes manager, said the Ethiopian is likely to be in great form leading up to the Glasgow event: "He'll certainly be arriving in mint condition as he has been training very seriously for the Bupa Great North Run which will ensure there is plenty of strength and speed in his legs three weeks before coming to Glasgow."
There seems to be little let up in his pursuit of success and will no doubt be looking forward to a mouth-watering contest against Bekele and Farah next week. Gebrselassie, having ran 1:01:14 just a few days short of his 40th birthday to retain his Vienna City half marathon crown in April, is looking forward to sparring with his younger rivals in the BBC televised event.
Gebrselassie commented: "I'm just delighted I am returning to the Bupa Great North Run. I can still compete at the highest level and I look forward to giving both of them a run for their money. This is something special for everyone. It's going to be a tough contest for all of us which I am sure will result in an exciting race."