Bekele To Race Spar Great Ireland Run

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 29, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM UTC
Kenenisa Bekele is one of the most dominant cross country runners in history.

He hopes to make a comeback there.

One of Ethiopia’s most talented runners will be heading to the Emerald Isle. According to a report posted on the Irish Times Web site, Kenenisa Bekele is to run the Spar Great Ireland Run on April 15.

Ireland has been good to the 29-year-old multiple Olympic medalist. Ten years ago, he became the first male athlete to win the long and short course races in the same year at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Dublin.

Bekele has had a rough patch lately. He has been struggling with injury and put forth a sub-par performance at the Edingburgh Cross Country in January.

Brendan Foster, whose company organizes the Great Ireland Run, was pleased when he heard Bekele wanted to run there.

“I was delighted when Bekele’s agent Jos Hermens rang me and asked whether we could find a slot in the Spar Great Ireland Run for him and of course there was no way I was going to say ‘no’ to such an outstanding legend,”  he said.

For More: Irish Times


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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