21st February 2016

Farah Fans Take On Their Hero Over 'two Mo Miles' At Birmingham Diamond League Launch

21 February 2016

Farah celebrates return to Birmingham with a once in a lifetime run for fans at the Alexander Stadium track

Fans of Britain’s greatest ever distance runner Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) completed the most unforgettable two mile run of their lives today, alongside the double Olympic champion himself, at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

The #TwoMoMiles run for 25 lucky fans was a thank you to Farah’s supporters and also heralded his return to the city for the Birmingham Diamond League on Sunday 5 June, where he will begin his countdown to Rio.

Athletics fans were invited to enter, by explaining why they would like to run with Mo, via British Athletics social media channels.

Farah said: “It’s not often people come and run with me because of the pace I go and where I train.  These kids had to enter a competition and win it, so it was nice to get a chance to jog with them and talk to them. It’s exciting to be back and I’m really looking forward to competing here at the Birmingham Diamond League in June.”

Rob Duncan, a Paramedic from Pershore in Worcester, was one of the lucky winners. He said:“It’s been a fantastic experience to be able to run with Mo on the track here at the Alexander Stadium. He’s such a legend and I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life. I’m going to have a grin on my face for a long time to come.”

The Birmingham Diamond League takes place at the Alexander Stadium exactly two months before the Olympic Games begin, on 5th August, and will play a key part in Farah’s preparations for the defence of his Olympic titles.

Fans that ran #TwoMoMiles will be among the crowd in Birmingham on 5th June, to support Farah and Britain’s best athletes as they begin the British outdoor season.

Electrical Engineer, Daniel Floyd from Lichfield, another #TwoMoMiles runner, is already looking forward to the event. He said: “I can’t wait for the Birmingham Diamond League on 5 June. I have never actually seen live athletics at the Alexander Stadium so to actually see Mo running here, on the track will be incredible.”