Mo Farah will take on the Great Manchester Run next May following his second 26.2-mile race at the London Marathon.
The four-time Olympic champion has announced his intentions to race in the popular Manchester 10k next spring, an event he first contested 10 years ago as a young 24-year-old. On that occasion, he finished third behind Kenyan Micah Kogo and Eritrean Zersenay Tadese. Since then the race has grown to become one of Europes largest 10k events.
Farah most recently won a fourth consecutive Great North Run title in his first road race after hanging up his spikes to end an illustrious track career.
The 10-time global track gold medallist ended his track career by winning 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver at the World Championships in London this summer.
“I can’t wait to take on the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run next year. It’s hard to believe that it has been more than ten years since I first raced there,” Britain’s most decorated athlete told race organisers. “It’s a fantastic course which has brought some of the best athletes in the world to Manchester. It’s a city that loves its sport and I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Earlier this month in an interview with Fast Running, Farah’s Oregon Project teammate Galen Rupp was asked about the 34-year-old’s transition to the road and the marathon. The Chicago Marathon champion said: “He obviously has a great pedigree in track racing which is a great starting point. Marathon training is a lot different than training on the track, so much of track is about closing speed and how fast you can run the last 400m, which Mo has obviously been really good at and proved over and over again.”
“I think once he gets over the marathon transition he’ll do great things. I think he opened in London with 2:07 a few years ago, and that’s a pretty darn good debut if you ask me,” added Rupp.
As Farah continues his transition from track to the road, further race announcements over the coming months should be expected as he targets the London Marathon next year.