28 Aug 2013 | tagged in: Bupa Great North Run

Man of the moment, double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah will be the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North 5k. The event is the curtain raiser of the Bupa Great North Run weekend.

The run is to be held on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside on the morning of Saturday 14 September. The event will feature approximately 1,500 runners of all abilities, from first-timers to former Bupa Great North runners who now prefer to tackle a shorter distance.

The Bupa Great North 5k precedes the Bupa Junior & Mini Great North Run, which has attracted a record entry level of over 5,000 children from the ages of 3 to 16 and the Great North CityGames, where world class athletes compete in front of the BBC Television cameras.

Farah will make his Bupa Great North Run debut on the following day, in an eagerly anticipated challenge against Ethiopian stars Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. He is happy to be involved on the Saturday morning.

"I might not have to high five as many people as I did when I helped start the Bupa Great North Run the last two years, but it will be great fun to offer runners encouragement and support at the event" said Farah.

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