Gebrselassie signs up for Great North Run

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Former champion Haile Gebrselassie, arguably the world’s greatest ever distance runner, will chase a second victory at the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

The all-conquering Ethiopian, with 27 world records under his belt, won the iconic half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields two years ago.

After taking control of the race at the halfway point, Gebrselassie surged home in 59 minutes 33 seconds - the world’s fourth fastest time of 2010.

Now the 39-year-old former World Championships gold medallist over the distance is looking to notch up another success in a race which he acknowledges is “so big and wonderful and it is good to be part of its history.”

Gebrselassie, although not chosen for the Ethiopian squad for the London Olympic Games, said: “I want to continue running – age is no barrier to me, you are only as old as you want to believe you are.

“I’m looking to returning to the Bupa Great North Run, it does mean very much to me.

“I always wanted to compete in the Great North Run much earlier than two years ago, but circumstances, injuries and big marathon races always prevented me doing so.

“I’m sure there will be another great competition happening in September. The best athletes like coming to the event and I look forward to racing them.”