Farah will return to Glasgow on Saturday 12 July to compete over two miles at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix at Hampden Park. The 31-year-old, who set a 1500m stadium record at the Kelvin Hall last time he was in the city, says he’s looking forward to competing in the event and is also relishing the prospect of running at the Commonwealth Games.
The double-Olympic gold medallist said of the recently refurbished Hampden: “I haven’t seen pictures of the stadium with the track down, but it’s always exciting racing in the UK, with the crowd behind me. That is what excites me.”
Despite competing for England, Farah is optimistic that the local crowd will get behind him at the Games. “Hopefully the crowd in Glasgow can carry me to the line – and that’s what I’ll definitely need. When it comes to athletics, we tend to come together as the UK. Even though I’m going to be competing for England, I think the Scottish people will still be behind me. I’m British and we get behind our athletes.”
If successful at either event, Farah looks unlikely to reprise his signature MoBot celebration, as he has already been considering an alternative: “You’ve got to come up with something new. Maybe a Scottish dance!”
For tickets, visit the British Athletics website.