The double Olympic and world track champion is set to return to the roads in September and race for his third consecutive Great North Run win

Mo Farah is to defend his Great North Run title in September as the double Olympic and world track champion returns to the roads and bids for his third consecutive title on Tyneside.

Farah, who is currently focused on the defence of his Olympic 5000m and 10,000m titles in Rio, will return to the North East of England on September 11 for the world’s biggest half-marathon. The 33-year-old will be joined by 57,000 other participants, including his wife Tania, who will be taking part in the Great North Run for the first time.

Having finished runner up to Ethiopian star Kenenisa Bekele in 2013, Farah claimed the Great North Run crown in 2014 before retaining it a year later with the quickest half-marathon time ever run by a European athlete of 59:22.

“It’s a big year for me, but once it’s over it will be great to end my season at one of my favourite events, with Tania taking part as a fun runner too,” said Farah.

“I love the Great North Run and the incredible atmosphere at the event. The noise from the crowd in those last few hundred metres is just unbelievable!”

Brendan Foster, chairman of event organisers The Great Run Company, said: “Mo has become one of the biggest a sporting superstars of our time.

“We are absolutely thrilled he will be back on Tyneside in September aiming to make it three in a row.”