Sir Mo Farah to race at AJ Bell Great Manchester Run ahead of retirement in September

Sir Mo Farah, one of the greatest distance runners of all time, has announced that he will compete in the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run on May 21st, just a few months before his planned retirement from elite competition.

The race will provide fans with a final opportunity to see him run on the city’s streets before he hangs up his spikes for good after the AJ Bell Great North Run in September.

Speaking about his decision to race in Manchester, Farah said, “There is something incredibly special about racing in Manchester, the support from the city for me has always been phenomenal.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the crowds out on the streets and the thousands of other runners who will be running the half marathon and 10k. It will probably be quite emotional, but I’m so happy to have the chance to race in Manchester again before I retire.”

Farah is no stranger to the Great Manchester Run, having last taken part in the event in 2018, when he triumphed over Ugandan Moses Kipsiro in a memorable sprint finish with 100 metres to go, winning in a time of 28 minutes 27 seconds.

This year, he will be aiming to add another victory to his impressive tally of achievements, which includes six Olympic and 12 world championship medals.

Founder of the Great Run Company, Sir Brendan Foster, expressed his excitement about Farah’s return to Manchester, saying, “Mo is an icon of British sport; he has achieved incredible things over his remarkable career and the British public have really taken him to their hearts.

“We’re honoured he has chosen the AJ Bell Great North Run as his last-ever race.

“I know the people of Manchester and the North East will take these opportunities to come out and support him one last time, in recognition of the incredible performances he’s given us over the years.”

The AJ Bell Great Manchester Run is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and organisers are expecting a record turnout of 25,000 runners for the event.

Participants can choose to take on either the 10k or half marathon challenge, with both routes passing Manchester landmarks and culminating in a grandstand finish on Deansgate.

Along the way, runners will be treated to live music and entertainment zones, as well as the support of cheering charity squads and enthusiastic locals.

If you want to be a part of this incredible celebration of running and see Sir Mo Farah in action one last time, there’s still time to sign up for the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run.

For more information or to enter today please click here.


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