Mo Farah announces South Shields return in Great North Run

Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 2014 Bupa Great North Run. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 7, 2014. See PA story ATHLETICS North. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 2014 Bupa Great North Run. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 7, 2014. See PA story ATHLETICS North. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Double Olympic champion Mo Farah is setting foot back in South Tyneside next month to defend his Great North Run crown.

Organisers have announced that the London 2012 hero will be returning to the borough in the famous half marathon - which starts in Newcastle and finishes up in South Shields - on Sunday, September 13.

As well as being on his marks for the Morrisons Great North Run, the 32-year-old plans to jog around the course in the Morrisons Great North 5k held the day before and then perform the honours as official starter for the Mini Great North Run.

Farah will be bidding to become only the second British runer in history to win the prestigious 13-miler for a second time.

Mike McLeod, the 1984 Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, won the first two editions of the event in 1981 and 1982. And only one other runner has successfully defended the men’s title: the late Benson Masya, who achieved back to back victories in 1991 and 1992.

The Morrisons Great North Run will be broadcast live on BBC One from 9.30am on Sunday, September 13