Haile Gebrselassie, regarded by many as the greatest distance-runner of all-time, will be defending his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 5 October.
Gebrselassie made a record-breaking debut in this race last year, setting the fastest ever half-marathon on Scottish soil of 61:09 in the annual Glasgow race.
“I have fantastic memories of my first race in Scotland and I am delighted to be coming back to race in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for a second time,” said Gebrselassie.
“It’s a great race with a great atmosphere and the organisation is superb.”
Asked whether he might be able to improve his Scottish all-comers’ half-marathon record next month, Gebrselassie gave a slight coy response.
“Who knows?” he said. “The weather was not bad last year but there was a little bit of rain towards the end and it was a little bit windy in another part.
“So maybe, with better weather this year, I can run faster. What was important last year was not the time but to win the race. It was my first ever race in Scotland and I wanted to win it. This year, we will see. I cannot indicate at this stage what time I am going to run.
“I had a problem earlier this year – I had a small surgery to my knee – but that is gone now. My training is going well. When you are an older athlete you have to be serious in your training and in how you take your rest and how you are preparing, but I am still doing well at 41.”
“Age does not matter,” insisted Gebrselassie, who won his first senior world title in 1993, and set his first world record in 1994.
“Jo Pavey showed that when she won her bronze medal in Glasgow and then won the European 10,000m title in Zurich. If you ask her, she will say it was not her feet or her legs that won her those medals; it was her heart.
“I think what Jo has done this summer is amazing. Some athletes complain at the age of 30 or 31 that they are getting tired. Jo is a good example of what you can do when you get older – and maybe myself too.”