More Mo this winter

Mo Farah, the double-double Olympic champion, has put himself forward for selection to the Great Britain team in the upcoming Great Edinburgh XCountry.

Mo Farah finished second to Garrett Heath in the 2016 event in Holyrood Park, kicking off a year in which he successfully defended his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, and won his third Great North Run in a row.

The reigning world champion over 10,000m and 5,000m intends to warm up for London 2017 with an appearance in Edinburgh on January 7, with British Athletics finalising their team after the European Cross Country Championships in Chia on December 11.

The 33-year-old said: “Cross country events provide a great training block ahead of what will be a very important 2017 on the track and I’m hopeful of selection to Team GB for this event. I’ve got a score to settle after finishing second earlier this year – if I’m selected I’ll be aiming to go one better in 2017.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Festivals & Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It will be great to see Mo Farah running in Edinburgh again at the start of 2017. I’m sure we can expect huge crowds for the Great Edinburgh International XCountry with Britain’s double Olympic Champion returning to take part. This is a free event for spectators, a great day out in Holyrood Park, and one not to miss.”

The Great Edinburgh XCountry consists of four separate events and pits the best of Team GB& NI against Europe and the USA. Athletes compete across four races; the junior men’s 6km, the junior women’s 4km, senior men’s 8km and senior women’s 6km, with the overall winning team determined by the best aggregate finishing positions of the six best placed athletes in the senior category, as well as the four best placed athletes in the junior races.

The event will also see the return of the innovative International Mixed Relay event which will see national teams of four (two men and two women) compete in a 4x1k challenge for the Stewart Cup.

The event is free to spectate, and is live on BBC One from 13:15 and shown on the big screen in Holyrood Park following the Great Edinburgh Winter Run earlier that day.

 

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