The iconic British athlete, Sir Mo Farah, has announced his plan to run the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run, for the last time, on Sunday 21 May. Farah has confirmed his intention to race in the city ahead of his planned retirement from elite competition after the AJ Bell Great North Run in September.
Farah said, “There is something incredibly special about racing in Manchester, the support from the city for me has always been phenomenal. I’m looking forward to seeing the crowds out on the streets and the thousands of other runners who will be running the half marathon and 10k. It will probably be quite emotional, but I’m so happy to have the chance to race in Manchester again before I retire.”
Sir Mo last took part in the event in 2018, when he triumphed over Ugandan Moses Kipsiro in a memorable sprint finish with 100 metres to go, winning in a time of 28 minutes 27 seconds.
Founder of the Great Run Company, Sir Brendan Foster said, “We’re delighted Mo will be back in Manchester in May, and we’re looking forward to a memorable elite race. Mo is an icon of British sport; he has achieved incredible things over his remarkable career and the British public have really taken him to their hearts.
“We’re honoured he has chosen the AJ Bell Great North Run as his last ever race. I know the people of Manchester and the North East will take these opportunities to come out and support him one last time, in recognition of the incredible performances he’s given us over the years.”
2023 marks the 20th Great Manchester Run. There is still time to join Sir Mo on the start line and be a part of this incredible celebration. Whether you take on the 10k or Half Marathon challenge, you’ll line up on the iconic Portland Street start line and feel the goosebumps as you and 25,000 other runners follow the famous route, pass Manchester landmarks and set your sights on Deansgate for a grandstand finish.
With live music and entertainment zones at every turn, roaring charity cheering squads, plus the incredible locals who line the streets to cheer you on, it’ll be a party from start to finish.