11 Sep

Gebrselassie To Defend Great Scottish Title

Haile Gebrselassie

Haile Gebrselassie will return to Glasgow on 5 October to take part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for the second year in a row. The Ethiopian long distance great won the 2013 men's race, setting a Scottish all-comers' half marathon record with a time of 61:09.

The 41-year-old said: “I have fantastic memories of my first race in Scotland and I am delighted to be coming back to race in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for a second time.”

Asked whether he could improve on let year's time, he said: “Who knows? The weather was not bad last year but there was a little bit of rain towards the end and it was a little bit windy in another part.

“So maybe, with better weather this year, I can run faster. What was important last year was not the time but to win the race. It was my first ever race in Scotland and I wanted to win it. This year, we will see. I cannot indicate at this stage what time I am going to run.”

He added: “I had a problem earlier this year – I had a small surgery to my knee – but that is gone now. My training is going well. When you are an older athlete you have to be serious in your training and in how you take your rest and how you are preparing, but I am still doing well at 41.”

For anyone who fancies joining Haile at the startline next month, entries are available at the Great Scottish Run website.