Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia will be making his debut at the 37thedition of the Great North City Games that will be held on Sunday (10) September in Newcastle, England.
Feyisa will be making his debut and will face off with 10-time global track gold medallist Farah, who is on the hunt for his fourth consecutive victory on the Newcastle to South Shields course.
The 27 year-old has a half-marathon personal best of59:22 that he set 2012. Early this year he won the United Airlines NYC Half Marthon when he outsprinted Britain’s Callum Hawkins cutting the tape in 60.04 to 60.08.
Farah’s best for 13.1 miles also stands at 59:22 from the 2015 edition of the Great North Run.
Arizona-based Lilesa, who is working towards the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, has not been back to Ethiopia since his silver medal-winning run at the Olympics last summer.
In Rio Olympics and at the NYC Half he made a brave stand against violence in his home country, crossing his arms above his head as he finished the races in a symbol of solidarity with his Oromo people.
Joining Farah and Lilesa in challenging for this year’s Great North Run title will be Dathan Ritzenhein – runner-up behind Farah in 2016 – and his fellow country-mate Bernard Lagat, plus New Zealand twins Zane and Jake Robertson and Japanese duo Hiroyuki Yamamoto and Daichi Kamino.