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Mo Farah gets ready for the Great North Run

Mo Farah ahead of the start of today's Great North Run Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mo Farah has set his sights on winning this year's elite event at the Great North Run.

He joins top athletes from all over the world, setting off before the main event in which the millionth runner to take part in the Great North Run will cross the finish line.

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Farah "delighted" at Great North Run debut

Mo Farah Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mo Farah says he is delighted to be making his debut in this year's Great North Run in September.

"I competed in the mile and two mile events on Great North Run weekend in past years and I am delighted to finally make my debut in the main event," he said. "I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third half marathon race."

Farah's biggest racing challenge

Olympic champion Mo Farah faces his biggest racing challenge when he goes up against Ethiopian superstars Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in this year's Great North Run.

Gebreselassie missed last year's race though injury and it's a first for Bekele at this distance.

No one could ask for a better dream team to participate in the event and we are delighted they will feature in what has the makings of the greatest head to head in half marathon history.

– Brendan Foster, Great North Run founder

Farah was the double Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Bekele managed the same double at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier.

This is going to be a tough contest for all of us which I'm sure will result in an exciting race.

– Haile Gebreselassie

Farah to run at European Championships in Gateshead

Mo Farah, pictured during the London Marathon, will run at Gateshead in June. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/

Mo Farah will run at the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead in June.

The event on June 22 and 23 is part of the UK's Gold Event Series.

Head coach Peter Eriksson said he was "delighted" the double Olympic-gold medallist had confirmed he will compete.

He said: "I am delighted that Mo Farah has made himself available for the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead.

"To be able to field your strongest team is what any head coach would want in order to continue building on our GB team successes."

Mo Farah will run at Gateshead International Stadium

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will run at this summer's European Athletics Team Championships at Gateshead International Stadium in June.

To have a double Olympic champion lining up will be great for the team and the home crowd, and I expect Great Britain to be in the mix for the title across a weekend of great athletics action.

– British Athletics Olympic Head Coach, Peter Eriksson
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