12 Sep

Mo to Make Honorary Appearance

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It has been revealed that Mo Farah will be in attendance at this weekend's BUPA Great North Run, acting as an honorary starter for the 54,000 strong participants.

Mo, who will be competing in the Great North CityGames on the eve of the event, will join an illustrious list of athletes who have performed the starter's duties including Dame Kelly Holmes, Jonathan Edwards, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and the first ever winner of the Great North Run Mike McLeod.

The 13.1 mile race has been an integral part of the international running calendar since it began in 1981 when it attracted more than double the expected numbers. It has since progressed to encompass many different events, including the Great North CityGames, the Bupa Junior & Mini Great North Run and the Wheelchair Event.

In addition to Farah, the Red Arrows will also be acting as honorary starters. As in previous events, they will perform a flyover of the start line, a few minutes before the race begins. The pilots will then move on to pass the Tyne Bridge, leaving a gap in their formation as a mark of respect to their recently lost college, Flt Lt Jon Egging, known as 'Red 4'.

Farah, who was recently honoured as the 5000m world champion, will also be participating in the Great North CityGames on Saturday evening where Great Britain and Northern Ireland take on the US at Gateshead Quayside. Farah said: "I'm always happy to run for my country and even though I now live in the US, I'll be trying my best to make sure we beat them in the team competition!"

For those not taking part, or heading along to offer support, you can watch the entire spectacle unfold live on BBC One.