Sir Mo Planning To End 2017 On A High

SIR MO FARAH is looking forward to ending his 2017 season by competing in Sunday’s Simplyhealth Great North Run.

The four-time Olympic and five-time world champion was in relaxed mood ahead of his final race of the year, the world-famous half marathon between Newcastle and South Shields.

The 34-year-old, who retired from the track over the summer, will focus his attentions on the road and is targeting his fourth consecutive Great North Run victory over 13.1 miles on Tyneside.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, it should be quite exciting. It’s the end of the season and I like to end it in Newcastle.

“I’ve been training reasonably well, the field is quite loaded on Sunday so it’s going to be hard. I’m just out to enjoy it.”

Farah will be competing against Dathan Ritzenhein, last year’s runner-up, alongside five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat, Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa and New Zealand twins Zane and Jake Robertson – and sees Ritzenhein as the clear rival to his crown.

“Dathan will be a threat now that he has ran here as well as me,” Farah added. “There’s Lagat and the Robertsons so it will be tough. It’s going to be a good race, let’s see what happens.”

The Simplyhealth Great North Run takes place on Sunday and is televised live on BBC One from 9.30am-1.30pm.

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