Haile Gebrselassie will compete in his sixth Bupa Great Manchester Run on 26 May this year. The inimitable Ethiopian turns 40 next month and continues to defy age as he sets his sights on a fifth successive victory at the 10k race.
First winning the event in 2005, his four subsequent titles include a then world leading mark for the year of 27:39 in 2012 when he saw off the challenge of Patrick Makau. Nicknamed the 'Emperor', Gebrselassie has been crowned two-time Olympic 10,000m champion and winner of the World Championships title in that distance on four occasions.
He said: "I feel very honoured and flattered. There have been many great athletes in history and it makes me proud that people talk about me like that. I love running, it is part of my life and part of my daily routine. As long as I enjoy it so much I will keep running and I don't know how and when this will finish. And how could I resist the opportunity to return to Manchester?"
"I like to run a 10km in May, it fits well in my schedule. Manchester is always a good race, it is well organised by Nova and my friend Brendan Foster. I always feel very welcome.
Entries for the Great Manchester Run are now open. On the following day, Bank Holiday Monday, the Bupa Mini and Junior Great Manchester Runs will be staged at the Etihad Campus. To enter, visit the Great Manchester Run website.