This time next month I will have – touch wood – completed probably the most amazing race I'll ever take part in. My time will be terrible, I'll be lucky to be able to actually finish it, I'm fully expecting to be overtaken by small children and elderly folk, but I will not be complaining. I'm lucky enough to be going to Ethiopia to do the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian capital is 2,300m above sea level, so altitude will be an issue. So it's not going to be a good time when it comes to the PB, but it definitely will be in other ways.
Any tips on running at altitude are much appreciated. Meanwhile, this gives me an excuse to post this video featuring interviews with some of the greatest Ethiopian runners. And what a roll call that is: Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Meseret Defar and more. Haile may have been pipped into third by Bekele and Mo Farah at the Great North Run recently, but his status as a living legend will never be dented. Haile for president? Maybe one day soon.