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Edinburgh is the starting point for Mo Farah in 2015

It will be fantastic to have one of the top long distance runners back in the city, with the Car Hire Edinburgh Airport branch hopeful it will increase the support on the day.

The International Great Edinburgh XCountry event will be the first competitive event for Mo Farah, taking place on Saturday 10th January 2015.

The double Olympic champion did not participate in either the Commonwealth Games or the Diamond League meeting which preceded it at Hampden this summer, citing injury, but he has been successful in Scotland before, having won the 8k race at the same Edinburgh event in January 2011, to date the last cross-country race he has competed in anywhere.

“Next year will be an important year for me, and I’m looking forward to returning to the Great Edinburgh Cross Country to kick off my season,” Said Farah.

There is free entry to the televised event at Holyrood, and Scottish Athletics hope the presence of one of the world’s most popular athletes will boost the attendance.

Governing body’s chief executive Nigel Holl said “We missed him in the summer. We understood why he couldn’t make it then given all the injury issues he faced, so it will be particularly good to see him in action in Scotland again at the start of next year. It’s a unique event. Apart from the stunning environment of Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, it seems to have been run in fantastic weather the past few years, so hopefully that will continue in 2015.”