Sir Mo Farah will not defend his Great North Run title this weekend but WILL return to competition next year.
The London 2012 Olympic Hero is the modern-day king of the Great North Run, having dominated the half marathon since 2014.
Britain’s most decorated athlete, who has won the last six GNRs, took part in Soccer Aid last weekend despite a stress fracture in his foot.
He appeared briefly as a substitute at the Etihad before limping off and it has been confirmed he has no plans to race in the foreseeable future.
Farah, 38, failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in June and his reaction sparked speculation he was about to retire.
“I’ve always said if I can’t compete with the best I won’t just go to be in a final,” he said that evening. “Tonight showed it’s not good enough.”
However, Great North Run founder Sir Brendan Foster revealed: “I can assure you Mo isn’t going to finish and I can assure you he’ll compete in the Great North Run again.
A spokesperson for Farah confirmed he has “no race plans in the pipeline” but that he will keep running, with a decision still to be made on whether he focuses on track or road races.