7th Dec, 2016

Pershore runner laps up a meeting with Mo Farah

Joshua Godfrey 27th Feb, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE man has hailed his time on the track with double Olympic champion Mo Farah as an ‘out of this world experience’.

Rob Duncan, a 50-year-old town paramedic, was one of 25 lucky competition winners to take part in the ‘Two Mo Miles’ event at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham

Britain’s greatest ever distance runner, Mo Farah, joined the runners on the track in a slower pace to what the Olympic champion usually experiences in world competitions.

Farah flew in from Scotland especially for the two mile jog after he won the 3,000m event at the Glasgow Grand Prix last weekend.

Running turned into a major part of Rob’s life more than seven years ago after he was told by his doctor to take up the sport.

He now runs regularly and has completed a number of 5k and 10k runs, as well as a couple of marathons.

The Pershore runner said the entire experience is one that he will remember for the rest of life.

“It was an out of this world experience, such a fantastic experience to be able to run with Mo on the track at the Alexander Stadium,” Mr Duncan said.

“He is such a legend and I am going to remember this for the rest of my life.

“I’m going to have a grin on my face for a long time to come.

“I run two or three times a week and regularly go out with the Worcester Athletics Club – it’s just a way for me to relax and also to stay fit and healthy.

Rob and the rest of the lucky competition winners will also be among the crowd at the Birmingham Diamond League event in June where Farah will begin his countdown to the Olympic Games in Rio.

“I have been to the Birmingham Diamond League before; it’s a great event to be able to see some of the world’s greatest athletes, like Mo, compete and it’s a fantastic fun day for the family,” he added.

Speaking after the event, Mo Farah said: “It’s not often people come and run with me because of the pace I go and where I am and train.

“These people had to enter a competition and win it so it was nice to get a chance to jog with them and talk to them,” he added.

The Birmingham Diamond League is the Launchpad to Rio, Mo Farah returns to the Alexander Stadium to compete on Sunday June, 5.

Tickets are available via www.britishathletics.org.uk