Great Scottish Run: Joseph Birech & Haile Gebrselassie bid for glory

Great Scottish Run

  • Venue: Glasgow
  • Date: Sunday, 6 October
  • Time: 10:30-13:30 BST

Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Sport website, mobiles, tablets and Connected TVs

Joseph Birech bids to become the first man to win three successive Great Scottish Run titles on Sunday.

And Haile Gebrselassie, who finished third in last month's Great North Run, will also compete at the half marathon in Glasgow.

Haile Gebrselassie

Haile Gebrselassie
  • Two Olympic golds (10,000m at Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000)
  • Four world titles (10,000m at Stuttgart 1993, Gothenburg 1995, Athens 1997, Seville 1999)
  • World record holder at 20,000m and one-hour race

Andrew Lemoncello competes in front of a home crowd while fellow Scots Susan Partridge, Freya Ross and Stephanie Twell take part in the women's race.

Around 25,000 runners are expected to take part.

Scotland's biggest mass participation event combines half marathon and 10k races in Glasgow's city centre and will be covered live on the BBC.

Interview - Double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie

The route has been altered to pass many of the venues for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Though Joseph Kibor and Jason Mbote have both won the men's race three times, Kenyan Birech would be the first to claim three victories in a row.

Two-time Olympic 10,000m champion Gebrselassie, who turned 40 in April, won the half marathon at the Great Birmingham Run in 2011.

"This is a great race," he told BBC Scotland. "And I am here to win."

Fellow Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele was the fastest woman in last year's half marathon in Glasgow.