Double world and Olympic champion revealed as honorary starter for Great North events
Mo Farah has been named as the honorary starter for the Bupa Great North Run weekend.
The double world and Olympic champion will start the Bupa Great North 5k, the curtain raiser of the Bupa Great North Run weekend, before making his Bupa Great North Run debut the following day where he will go head-to-head with Ethiopian long-distance greats Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.
It will be the first time the trio have raced together and makes for a highly-anticipated clash as the experienced ‘Emperor’ Gebrselassie takes on his younger rivals Bekele, who will be making his half-marathon debut, and Farah, who will be embarking on the next step of his marathon journey ahead of making his debut over 26.2 miles in London next April.
Event organisers also recently announced that the women’s line-up will also include another highly-anticipated head-to-head as Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar takes on compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba.
On starting the Bupa Great North 5k on the Saturday to kick off the weekend of events, Farah commented: “It will be great fun to offer runners encouragement and support at the event.”
The Great North 5k precedes the Bupa Junior & Mini Great North Run, which has attracted a record entry level of over 5,000 children from the ages of three to 16, as well as the Great North CityGames where world-class athletes are among those to compete in front of the BBC television cameras.
» Entries for the Bupa Great North 5k are open at www.greatrun.org/north5k