Edinburgh, UK – Mo Farah headlines the British Athletics team for the Great Edinburgh International XCountry in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday 7 January 2017.
The two-time double Olympic champion on the track, finished second at last year’s event behind American Garrett Heath and he’s aiming to go one better this year.
Farah won at the event in 2011 to become the only Briton to win the senior men’s race and the Alberto Salazar-coached endurance pacer will be hoping to win again in the Scottish capital.
“I am looking forward to the Great Edinburgh Cross Country on January 7. Holyrood Park is always a great venue and I’m sure the course will offer the usual challenges,” he said.
“I have been back in full training for the past few weeks and this event will offer me a good opportunity to measure my fitness and see how training is going ahead of the 2017 track season.”
The 33-year-old will line-up alongside the European cross country championships senior men’s bronze medallist Callum Hawkins, who is looking forward to competing on home soil.
“It will be a great way to kick-start 2017. It’s a good opportunity to compete back on home soil,” Hawkins revealed.
“It’s an event I always enjoy racing in. 2016 has been incredible for me and hopefully I will continue to head in the right direction in the New Year.”
The women’s team includes European 5000m bronze medallist Steph Twell and Gemma Steel, as well as European U20 bronze at Chia2016, Harriet Knowles-Jones, while British record holder over 1500m Laura Muir will race in the mixed 4x1km relay.
The Great Edinburgh International XCountry pits Team Great Britain & Northern Ireland against Team Europe and the USA.
Athletes will compete in four races: a senior men’s 8km, senior women’s 6km, junior men’s 6km and junior women’s 4km.
British Athletics Announced Great Edinburgh International XCountry Team:
Mixed 4x1km Relay