One of the most iconic figures in distance running, Haile Gebrselassie, has announced he will be competing at next month's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Confirmation of Gebrselassie's participation will intensify the interest surrounding the event, which looks likely to attract upwards of 25,000 runners over the weekend of Sunday 6 October.
Gebrselassie, affectionately known as The Emperor, has won four World Championships gold medals and set a remarkable 27 world records. Now 40, the Ethiopian has shown a remarkable longevity to his running career, illustrated by his performance at the Bupa Great Manchester Run. Despite finishing third, he clocked 28 minutes flat and set a World Masters record in the process.
There seems to be little let up in his pursuit of success and he will no doubt be looking to set a new achievement in Glasgow next month. Last year's winner, Joseph Birech, took first place in a time of 1:03:14. Gebrselassie, having ran 1:01:14 just a few days short of his 40th birthday to retain his Vienna City half marathon crown in April should - unless the weather intervenes - stand a strong chance of winning.
Peter Riley, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run elite athletes manager, said the Ethiopian is likely to be in great form leading up to the race: "He'll certainly be arriving in mint condition as he has been training very seriously for the Bupa Great North Run which will ensure there is plenty of strength and speed in his legs three weeks before coming to Glasgow."
Entries for the event are still open, for more information visit the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run website.