Sir Mo Farah will be targeting a new record in Larne on September 12
Athletics legend Sir Mo Farah will race in the upcoming P&O Antrim Coast Half Marathon.
The four-time Olympic champion has confirmed his entry for the race in Larne on September 12.
It is another major coup for the organizers who have assembled a stellar line-up of runners to compete in Northern Ireland.
The field also includes two-time world champions Aly Dixon and Iraitz Garro who will be joined by European champions Marc Scott, Jo Pavey and Gemma Steel.
"Hi guys, really looking forward to taking part in the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in Larne on September 12," Farah said in a video confirming his entry.
"One of my good friends James is organizing it and I said 'yes, I'll do it'. We have some great history. I am just really looking forward to it. I can't wait.
"Hopefully it is a fast course. It is really exciting."
Elite race organizers James McIlroy believes next month's field is one of the best ever assembled in Ireland or Britain.
"It is a brilliant line-up and we have a course to match; a very fast course which the runners will love," McIlroy said.
"We are looking forward to Sir Mo and the other elite runners coming over for a great race."
McIlroy added: "I have known Mo for over 20 years. We were room-mates when we were with Team GB, and before that at the UK Athletics High Performance Center.
"It is brilliant that Mo has cleared his diary to come here and race."
posted Tuesday September 1st
by Gareth Fullerton