Haile Gebrselassie has spoken of his delight to be returning to Glasgow for this year’s Great Scottish Run on 5 October. The Ethiopian, known as the Little Emperor, will be defending his title after setting a new Scottish all-comers’ half marathon record at the event.
On whether he could improve on his time the 41-year-old 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: “Running is more than just competing. It is more than just winning. It is a passion. That is why I like running in races like the Great Scottish Run and the other Great Run races around the world – the Great North Run in Newcastle, the Great Manchester Run, the Great Ethiopian Run and so on.”
In the women’s race, Commonwealth silver medallist, Jo Pavey, will lead the field. She spoke of her excitement: “The Great Scottish Run is really important to me. It’s a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to run in a big road race and the Great Scottish Run will be a fantastic half marathon for me to be involved with – especially after the experience I had at the Commonwealth Games. It means a lot to me to be coming back to Glasgow and I think it will be quite emotional, especially as the course goes past many of the venues that were used at the Games.”
To enter the race, go to the Great Scottish Run website.