Mo Farah to kick start the Great North Run weekend

World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has been announced as the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North Run weekend in Newcastle tomorrow.

Mo Farah celebrating as he wins the Men's 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Farah will fire the starting pistol for the shorter 5km event, organisers said.

Fresh from his gold medal successes in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, will then take on famous long-distance runners Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele in the longer run.