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Posted: February 5, 2020:  

Athletics:Sir Mo Farah out of the Vitality Big Half 2020

Sir Mo Farah has withdrawn from The Vitality Big Half 2020 due to a minor Achilles injury sustained in training.

Sir Mo Farah has withdrawn from The Vitality Big Half on Sunday 1 March. Photo credit: The Vitality Big Half

Farah has won the event on the past two occasions and had been looking forward to racing another distance running great, Kenenisa Bekele (ETH), at this yearís race on Sunday 1 March.

He said: "I was really looking forward to racing The Vitality Big Half again. Everyone knows how much I love racing in London, but my priority is to be fit, healthy and competitive for the summer season and for that reason I have had to make the tough decision not to race this year. I definitely hope to be back again in 2021.:

Instead of returning to London for The Vitality Big Half, Farah will instead continue his preparations for the summer season in Africa.

Bekele, the world record holder for the 5000m and 10000m, is the star name in the menís elite field for The Vitality Big Half. Also racing is Kenyan Marius Kipserem, the reigning Rotterdam Marathon champion, as well as a string of top British athletes including: Chris Thompson, Dewi Griffiths and Ross Millington.

Lily Partridge, who was second in the elite womenís race at The Vitality Big Half in 2018, is the latest addition to the womenís field. She joins fellow Brits Hayley Carruthers and Stephanie Davis.

Sir Mo Farah in The Vitality Big Half 2019. Photo credit: The Vitality Big Half

The Vitality Big Half is a world-class mass participation event, organised by London Marathon Events, which features a half marathon (13.1 miles) and three other running events - The Little Half, The Vitality Big Mile and the New Balance Big Relay - in London on Sunday 1 March 2020

The Vitality Big Festival is also part of the event on Sunday 1 March 2020. It is free festival in Greenwich Park celebrating the best of London's food, music, sport and entertainment

It is also a campaign. This unique event will demonstrate how sport and community can get together to inspire social change, create social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing

Find out more at

Since 1981, the London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling in excess of £86 million to more than 1,400 projects in London, Surrey and other areas where London Marathon Events Ltd has organised events

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