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Mo Farah joins Radcliffe, Cram and Pavey as guests at NRS South

Distance legend is special guest at Farnborough International on May 7-8 as he adds to a list that includes Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Jo Pavey.

With two months to go until the National Running Show South the organisers have revealed the latest speaker in the line-up – Sir Mo Farah.

The British endurance runner will be joining famous faces from the world of running including Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Shakira Akabusi, Jenni Falconer, Jo Pavey and Danny Bent on May 7-8 at Farnborough International.

Farah is one of the most decorated athletes in track and field history and won eight world championship medals between 2011-2017 and four Olympic gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and Rio 2016. His 10 global championship gold medals (four Olympic and six world titles) make him one of the most successful athletes in history.

Nathalie Davies from The Running Show said: “We are delighted that Sir Mo will be joining the incredible speaker line-up and can’t wait to showcase some of the biggest talents in the running world at our event. “The National Running Show South will give runners of all abilities unprecedented access to industry experts, top brand exhibitors and a range of brilliant features.”

In addition to this speaker line-up, brands including adidas, Coros, Hoka One One, Mizuno, Pulseroll, iPRO, Forestry England, Ordnance Survey and Runderwear have also announced that they will be present at the show.

Tickets are available at www.nationalrunningshow.com and the event takes place over two days at Farnborough International and will have two stages, a packed schedule of speakers, a Strength Training Zone, an All-Terrain Running Track, Gait Analysis Zone, Trail Running Zone, a Pilates Zone and much more.

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Sir Mo Farah: ‘I would have loved to play for Arsenal’

The athlete, 38, talks about winning the Olympics in London, jogging down the Thames, his strict training regime and how often he shaves his head.

I don’t have many memories of growing up in Somalia – I was so young. I remember coming to the UK, age eight, going to school – even though I couldn’t speak any English – and suddenly having all these friends to play with.

I owe a lot to my PE teacher, Mr Watkinson. He saw me running around the playground, he watched me run in a figure of eight around the gym. Then he thought: “That kid is good at running.” He encouraged me to join a local running club. We’re still in touch.

I lived with some Kenyan runners in the early 2000s. They didn’t have a social life. All they did was eat, train, sleep. I realised then that I needed to eat, train and sleep like them if I wanted to be the best.

Winning the Olympics in front of my home crowd in London was incredible. Everything that led to it – my training, my mindset – it all made sense. People who saw it on telly probably didn’t think about how long it took to get there. What I achieved didn’t happen overnight. It took years.

I’m very disorganised at day-to-day things, but I’m getting better. It’s easy as an athlete to train and not worry about anything else. But I’m working hard to become a bit more involved with my kids. I think I can still beat them in a race, but it depends what distance. My son is pretty quick.

I’m getting back into running after my injury [Farah suffered a stress fractured ankle in the summer of 2020]. When I get fitter and stronger, I can see how much I can do. I hope to make the marathon. You’ve got to enjoy the moment and enjoy what you do. So I hope to keep competing and keep smiling.

Lockdown was tough for all of us, but it made everyone realise what’s important in life – and that’s family.

I would have loved to play for Arsenal, but I was never good enough. I played at school and for the local club until I was 14, but I was only good because I could cross the ball and run forward and run back. I didn’t have any other skills. I joined a running club instead.

It is nice to see so many people getting out of the house, going for a run, for walks, out on bikes. Running clears the mind. It’s easy to sit at home and feel sorry for yourself. It’s like when you’re driving and feel tired, the best thing to do is open the window and get some fresh air. When you’ve been indoors too long, some fresh air relaxes you.

If I run along the Thames or around Richmond Park, usually someone will go “That’s Mo!” and come and race alongside me for 20 or 30 seconds. My wife often says she needs to go for a little jog – and she jogs a little. You’ve got to just keep going at your own pace.

How often do I shave my head? Every three days.

Mo Farah: I might be a coach at the Paris 2024

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah hinted he may have already run his last Olympic Games, admitting the France 2024 games may be “too far of a stretch”.

The iconic British long-distance runner was not able to defend the 10,000m crown he won in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, having missed the 10,000m selection time by 19 seconds. It was the first time since 2004 he did not make the Team GB athletics team, which failed to win a gold medal for the first time in 25 years in Tokyo.

In 2016, Farah became the first athlete since Lasse Viren to win both 5000m and 10,000m in successive games. However, after just falling short in the Tokyo games, Farah believes his presence at the Paris games in 2024 are more likely to be in a coaching capacity than competitor.

The four-time Olympic champion is an ambassador for the new HUAWEI Watch GT 3 fitness ( Image: HUAWEI)

“You might see me as a coach going ‘Go on guys!’, Farah, who was promoting Huawei’s latest fitness smart watch, told Mirror Sport. “But I think I’ll be long gone by then (Paris 2024).

“It’s too far of a stretch I think.” At 38-years-old, Farah’s stellar career and achievements have made him one of the most iconic British Olympians of all time.

As well as his four gold medals, Farah also became the second person after Kenenisa Bekele to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships. With ten global title wins, he is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, and his achievements were soon recognized by royalty when he was awarded a knighthood by her majesty the Queen for services to athletics.

However, while he feels the final curtain on his Olympics journey may have come to an end, he is back training again amid a possible return in the upcoming events. “I am getting back into it slowly, and working hard to get in that work place,” said Farah. “It was hard {missing out on the Olympics} I’m not going to lie, it was hard, it was tough. “The most important thing for me is to get myself right, get myself in good shape.

“Who knows, we have got the Commonwealth games, the European championships, there is lots coming up.” A packed schedule of athletics awaits next summer with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2022 Athletics World Championships in Oregon USA next July, as well as the European Athletics Championships in August. However, having just recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot, Farah is focusing on regaining his fitness and routine, before targeting any new medals.

“I had a stress fracture in my foot, not going to lie, it was hard,” he added. “It took me three months to get out of it, but now I am injury free, and will hopefully be ready to start.”

Jemal Yimer to headline the Antrim Coast Half Marathon

The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion, Jemal Yimer will be the star to watch at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (29) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The 24 year-old, won his last half marathon outing at the Houston half marathon in 2020 and has also achieved the fastest ever debut half marathon in 59:00 that he got in 2019 at Ras al Khaimah half marathon in United Arab Emirates

Yimer will be joined by his fellow country-mate Tesfahun Akalnew, who carries on his shoulders a personal best of 59:22 that he got at the 2020 New Delhi Half Marathon.

The UK and Ireland will be led by Tokyo Olympians Marc Scott, Stephen Scullion and Paul Pollock. Scott is the two times European record holder and second fastest all-time Briton behind Sir Mo Farah over 10,000m and is looking to go one better this year, and become only the second Briton to break the 60 -minute barrier.

Stephen finished fourth in last year’s race and went on to break the Northern Ireland record.

Paul, fresh from his second Olympics will make his debut on the fast scenic course and will also threaten the top positions. Barcelona Olympian and multiple world record holder Tommy Hughes will be also sure to have huge crowd support again this year as he once again makes his latest bid on the vet’s +60 world record, which he smashed at last year’s race.

The defending champion, Farah is unable to race this year due to injury but has pledged his support for the event by being the race ambassador.

Mo Farah’s coach hints at track return

Sir Mo Farah’s coach has hinted the 35-year-old could be tempted by a return to the track at next year’s World Championships.

The four-time Olympic champion won his first major marathon title in Chicago on Sunday, setting a new European record of two hours five minutes and 11 seconds. He has turned his attention to road racing after calling time on his track career last year.

But his coach Gary Lough was quoted as saying by several national newspapers: “I think he will sit down with a few of us and look at his general plan for next year. “He really wants to run the World Championships, but what he runs at the World Championships hasn’t been decided.”

Next year’s Worlds take place in Doha in the autumn and the marathon would be the only road race available there to Farah, who in the build-up to the race in Chicago declared his intention to compete in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lough added: “He might change things up a bit next year and surprise a few people, so we will see.”

London Marathon sets another world record

The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record-breaking £63.7 million for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for an incredible twelfth successive year.

The new record was an increase of more than £2 million on the previous record total of £61.5 million raised from the 2017 event. It brings the overall sum raised for charity since the event was founded in 1981 to more than £955 million.

The total raised for charity by the London Marathon since Virgin became title sponsor in 2010 is now more than £500 million. Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit fundraising partner of the London Marathon and donations to charity linked to the race through the online service have reached more than £170 million.

Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving, said: “Once again the generosity of the public around the Virgin Money London Marathon is truly astounding and we are delighted to be able to play our part in raising money for so many worthwhile causes. A staggering half a billion pounds has been raised for charity since Virgin Money became lead sponsor of the London Marathon and we are delighted to be involved with an event that is not only the highlight of the running calendar but also the largest single day annual fundraising event in the world. The 2018 race saw us beat our own fundraising record and we’ve made a number of improvements to the Virgin Money Giving fundraising platform to help charities raise even more money next year.”

Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: “Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon inspires thousands to take on the challenge of running the famous 26.2 miles and raise these incredible sums for charity. We salute every runner who has contributed to this amazing world record total of £63.7 million, a truly incredible sum from a one day event.

“Since 1981, the London Marathon has been an extraordinary force for good that has inspired profound social change. We are constantly working to grow the event and its positive impacts as society, health services and charities face ever-increasing pressure on their services and funding. The London Marathon Charitable Trust has enabled hundreds of thousands more people to get active through its funding of a huge range of recreational projects.”

Several charities, including Children with Cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, Whizz-Kidz, NSPCC and Cancer Research UK, raised more than £1 million from the 2018 race.

Emily Roff, Senior Sports Events Manager for Children with Cancer, the top fundraising charity in 2018, said: “The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon was a record breaking year for Children with Cancer UK. We raised more than £3 million, making this our single biggest fundraising event which generates around 20 per cent of our annual income.

“We are delighted to have raised such an incredible amount to fund vital specialist research to help save the life of every child with cancer and keep their family together. We’d like to say a huge thank you to London Marathon Events as well as all of our dedicated runners. We’re looking forward to making 2019 another record breaking year.”

Her Majesty The Queen started the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon from Windsor Castle and, in the hottest ever London Marathon, there were a record 40,273 finishers. Eliud Kipchoge, who broke the world record in Berlin last weekend, took his third London title and fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s race. Sir Mo Farah showed the world his marathon ability as he finished third in a British record. David Weir won a record eighth wheelchair title and Madison de Rozario scored her first Abbott World Marathon Majors win as she took the honours in the women’s wheelchair race.

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April. It has already set a world record after 414,168 people applied for a place via the public ballot – again the biggest number of applications for any marathon in the world.

Source: virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Mo Farah bids to create Great North Run history

Four years ago when Sir Mo Farah won the first of his four consecutive Great North Run titles he admitted he was still consumed with fear over what life on the road would bring.

Farah was still two years away from calling time on his glittering track career and remained unsure whether he was entirely cut out to translate that success to the world of elite marathon running.

But the 35-year-old returns to Newcastle on Sunday battle-hardened from two full years of mixing it with the world’s best distance runners – and intent on using the race to pave the way to glory over the longer distance.

Victory this weekend will make Farah the first man to win the Great North Run five times, and deliver the ideal preparations for his appearance next month at the Chicago Marathon.

Farah said: “I’m still learning and understanding more and I’m not afraid to mix it in. In 2014, I was afraid to mix it because it was their territory and I was a track runner. But now I’m not afraid of anything.

“It’s a totally different challenge and I’m enjoying every day of it. My goal is to win a major marathon. For a track runner the highlight is the Olympics, and in the marathon the biggest thing you can do is win a major race.”

This year’s Great North Run presents a different dimension for Farah, who admitted his previous victories in the race have signalled the end of the season and a rare opportunity to binge-eat sticky toffee pudding.

Farah, who has run the London Marathon twice, coming third in April, is closing in on his latest career goal and has not under-estimated the importance of making history in the process on Tyneside.

“My aim (in Newcastle) is to run a decent time – I’ve still got another week from this point so it will be a good test for me on Sunday to see where I am and what I can do,” said Farah.

“I’ve never gone into this race having had this amount of training. I’ve always gone into it thinking – ‘Great North Run, finish, sticky toffee pudding’.

“But after this it’s straight back to my training camp in Flagstaff to prepare for Chicago. Hopefully I will get the job done and there will be a lot of stuff to take back. Doing that as the first five-time winner would be amazing.”

Farah’s biggest challenge is likely to come from Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru, winner of the 2017 London Marathon. Vivian Cheruiyot and Joyciline Jepkosgei are favourites for the women’s race.

Source: standard.co.uk

Mo Farah Targets Great North Run Record

Four-time Olympic champion  will return to Tyneside to try and win an unprecedented record breaking fifth Great North Run win.

The Briton will aim to become the first runner to win five Great North Run race when he races next month on September 9 in Newcastle.

Farah has won the last four consecutive Great North Run races and will aim to make history in the half marathon event ahead of October’s Chicago marathon.

Farah, a six-time world champion, has competed in every Great North Run since 2013, finishing second in his first outing and then going ahead into winning subsequent races in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Last year’s fourth win equaled three times Honolulu Marathon champion Kenya’s Benson Masya’s record.

Masya winner of the inaugural World Half Marathon in 1992, held  in New Castle, United Kingdom, over the 13.1mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

The35-year-old Farah who will be the major draw for the crowds lining the 13.1 mile route is still chasing the 2007 Osaka World 10,000m bronze medalist Martin Mathathi’s course record of 58 minutes 56 seconds set in 201.

“I can’t wait to come back to Newcastle and race again. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” quipped the athletics legend.

Sir Mo Farah set for showdown with Rupp and Salazar at Chicago Marathon

Sir Mo Farah could be in line for a showdown with his former training partner Galen Rupp and controversial ex-coach Alberto Salazar after hinting he will run the Chicago Marathon this autumn.

Farah will hold a meeting this week with his manager Ricky Simms and coach Gary Lough to finalise his schedule and he is currently undecided between running the more lucrative New York Marathon in November or Chicago in October.

But he indicated on Monday that the latter might get the nod, which would open the way to a face-off against defending champion Rupp, who finished second to Farah in the Olympic 10,000m final at London 2012.

The American went on to win Olympic bronze in the marathon in Rio in 2016 and any clash between the two former Oregon Project team-mates would come with the added spice of pitching Farah against Rupp’s trainer Salazar, whom the Brit left last October. Salazar remains under investigation by US Anti-Doping.

‘I don’t know which marathon yet – which one invites you or which one is going to look after you,’ Farah said after beating a soft field to win the London 10,000 in 29min 44sec.

Farah beat a soft field to win the London 10,000 in 29min 44 sec on Monday. Photo: Getty Images

‘I think Chicago is a little faster. New York is a little hillier. But what athletes are they going to have? That is the key again. If you are racing against all the big names then why not learn from the big guys.

‘Rupp is running Chicago. If I want to do the (Tokyo) Olympics I have to know how to beat this guy and race this guy and how to battle with him.

‘That would answer a lot of questions for me personally. I know he is a great athlete and I have never doubted him in terms of what he is capable of..’


king Kipchoge: ‘This treble tops everything,’

Eliud Kipchoge described his third Virgin Money London Marathon victory on Sunday as the greatest achievement of his glittering career as he looked back on a day when he was crowned king of the roads and sealed a third Abbott World Marathon Majors title.

Kipchoge’s majestic performance at the head of one of the greatest elite fields in men’s marathon history was his ninth consecutive win and the 10th in his five-year-old marathon career.

Two of those have come at the prestigious Berlin Marathon and one in Chicago, while two years ago he won what many regard as the greatest prize of all when he claimed an Olympic marathon gold at the Rio Games.

But Kipchoge said today that becoming only the third man to clinch a London Marathon treble was his crowning moment.

“This tops everything,” said Kipchoge. “Winning a third time in London and with a third Majors title at the same time is right at the top.

“It was a really big win for me because it was a tough race. I tried hard to concentrate on the distance and my own running and wait for the last few miles.”

Kipchoge’s performance was a mesmerising one as he ran at the head of the field for the entire 26.2 miles, barely changing his stride or veering from his course except to pick up his drinks bottles, his eyes set unerringly on the road ahead.

He passed halfway in a record 61 minutes flat – a target set, he revealed today, at his request – and maintained an unrelenting rhythm towards the Finish Line as one-by-one his opponents fell away.

By the time they reached Canary Wharf there were only two men left – the young Ethiopian, Tola Shura Kitata, and Britain’s big hope, Sir Mo Farah, who appeared at Kipchoge’s shoulder at 30km only to see the master move away with apparent ease.

Kitata stuck to his heels for another five miles until Kipchoge shrugged him off too as they dipped into the welcome shade under Blackfriars Bridge. Not that Kipchoge paid either of them much attention.

“If you want to run fast you have to run in front,” he said. “I didn’t sense Mo there but I saw him. But I was ready to do what was in my mind.

“I wasn’t running against anybody, I was running as Eliud. My mind was fully concentrated on the distance. It was tough in the middle of the race so I needed to concentrate on finishing the race.”

As for going out at such a blistering pace on a baking day, for Kipchoge it was all just part of the plan.

“I knew we couldn’t go that fast for the whole distance,” he said. “I wasn’t worried because I knew I would be OK.

“My aim was to run a beautiful race. I didn’t aim for the world record. I knew when coming here I was going to run a beautiful race.”

Cheruiyot’s win was also a thing of beauty, albeit one of contrasting style, as she ran a perfectly judged and evenly paced race that eventually paid dividends when her world record-chasing rivals, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba, hit the wall.

Cheruiyot, who was fourth on her marathon debut in London last year, clinched the biggest win yet in her short marathon career when she crossed the line in 2:18:31, five minutes quicker than she’s ever run before.

“I learned from last year to be more patient,” said Cheruiyot. “I went too fast last time and was totally kaput at the end.

“This year I saw Mary and Tirunesh were going for the world record but I wanted to run a race I was comfortable with.

“Yesterday I was thinking about running 2:20, so in my mind I was saying if I run 69 seconds at halfway, maybe the second will be 70. And then I found I was chasing someone.”

In fact, Cheruiyot passed the half-way mark in fourth place in 68:56, a full minute and 40 seconds adrift of the leading pair, but stuck to her guns as she closed the gap and reeled them in.

She finally moved into the lead with just three miles left, passing Keitany without a glance as she raced on to clinch her first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory and become the fourth quickest woman ever over the classic distance.

“I’m done with track now,” said Cheruiyot. “My legs were painful last night, but I’m feeling better now.”

As for Kipchoge’s future, he said: “My plan ended yesterday in London. For now, I’m blank. It’s my coach’s problem.

“Marathon is life,” he added. “And as long as I’m enjoying life, I’m enjoying the marathon.”