FARAH AND THOMPSON WILL LEAD BRITISH CHALLENGE FOR HONOURS AT BUPA GREAT EDINBURGH CROSS COUNTRY

BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country

After their best ever track seasons, champion runners, Mo Farah and Chris Thompson will switch their attention to winter campaigns at the start of 2011, beginning with the  Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country on 8 January.

Farah, who was crowned European Championships 5000m and 10000m gold medallist in August, and Thompson, who was runner up in the 10,000m, will lead the British team in the Men's International Team Challenge in Holyrood Park.

Their appearances for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland senior teams will see them compete in a high calibre competition against exceptionally talented United States and European Select squads.

Dathan Ritzenhein, the world half marathon bronze medallist and reigning US national cross country champion, heads his country's pursuit of honours.  Ukraine's Sergey Lebid, who clinched a ninth European Cross Country title last weekend, will captain the continental squad.

This year the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country introduced the concept of a team challenge under IAAF rules with nine runners competing and the side with the lowest overall score from its first six finishers declared the winners, has been widely welcomed by all of the participating contingents who have selected very strong squads for the first ever staging of Men's International Team Challenge.

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