Beagle Farah is on African adventure

NEWHAM athlete Mo Farah will jet off to his home away from home in Kenya this month – and has vowed to return with a clear-cut decision over December’s European Cross Country Championships.

The 27-year-old Beagle has competed just twice since claiming double gold at July’s European Championships with his absence most noticed at last month’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Farah’s two outings were far from a case of blowing away the cobwebs though as he set a new 5,000m personal best of 12.57.94 at the penultimate Diamond League meeting in Zurich in August.

However, Farah remains tight-lipped over his plans for the winter insisting that he won’t make anything known until he flies home from high-altitude training in East Africa.

“I am heading off to Kenya in about a week to do some more high altitude training and then, depending on what happens out there, I will make my plans for the cross country season,” said Farah.

“I haven’t decided if I am going to do the European Cross Country Championships yet. I have to weigh up my goals for the year, but I will decide what I’ll be doing out in Kenya.

“Watching the Commonwealth Games was tough at some points and it did make me wish I was out there because I am a competitive person but, to be honest, it was good to get a rest.

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“You have to listen to your body and that is exactly what I did and since I have come back from it I feel good and am now getting ready for some winter training.”

Prior to jetting off to Kenya Farah, as part of his Visa Team 2012 commitments, took time out to act as an honorary captain for the NFL International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos at Wembley.

Farah struggled during last year’s cross country season – collapsing at the Europeans, needing medical attention after a race in Edinburgh and finishing 21st at the World Championships.

However the 10,000m and 5,000m European champion insists there will be no such problem should he choose to give the continent’s cross country season the thumbs up.

“I had my problems last season in the cross country but I am confident that wouldn’t be the same again,” he added.

“This year has given me great confidence and I have been really pleased with how it all went. “Doing the double at the European Championships was great and it has given me the confidence that I can do similar things again.”

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