Gebrselassie Ready For The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

The world's greatest ever distance runner whose collection of major honours include two Olympic Games and four World Championships gold medals over 10,000m, plus 27 world records, will head a star-studded field in the mass participation race on Sunday 6 October.

Gebrselassie may now be a veteran but sees that as just another step in his determination to target even more age 40-44 world records – indeed he has already began the task.

The ‘Emperor’ as he is affectionately known because of his tremendous performances over the last 20 years, in the spring posted 10 miles and 10km records in the Grand Prix of Bern and the Bupa Great Manchester Run.

Although confident he can defeat his much younger rivals who will be lining up with him at Scotland's biggest road running event, he will also be eyeing the Veterans Half Marathon record which stands at 1:02:28.

Gebrselassie having ran 1:01:14 just a few days short of his 40th birthday to retain his Vienna City half marathon crown in April should, unless the weather intervenes, substantially reduce the old mark belonging to Kenyan Nelson Chirchir and John Campbell of New Zealand.

Despite being a full-time businessman and fulfilling a 12-hour working day from his office in Addis Ababa, Gebrselassie, who is also strongly tipped to be Ethiopia's next president, still finds time for a daily training session.

"A day without running is not a good day... running – you continue until you die," is the philosophy of the legend whose achievements has inspired and brought great pride to the citizens of his country, motivating and assisting in gradually throwing away its status as a Third World nation.

Gebrselassie also insisted in CNN's Human to Hero Series: "I want to break all the Masters records – over 40, over 50, over 60," and since that statement has taken major steps in the right direction with his victories in Bern and Manchester.

"He'll certainly be arriving in mint condition as he has been training very seriously for the Bupa Great North Run which will ensure there is plenty of strength and speed in his legs three weeks before coming to Glasgow," said Peter Riley, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run elite athletes manager.

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