On the dusty tracks of Kenya’s north western highlands Britain’s reigning 5,000m world champion, Mo Farah is training alongside the country’s finest.
Farah was joined by a host of other British long distance runners as they prepare for the upcoming Olympics in the thin air of Kenya’s ‘Home of Champions’.
But after this summer’s Olympic Games the Somalian-born 28-year-old has said he will turn his attention to his foundation and helping his war-torn homeland.
Farah said: ‘‘Hopefully after 2012 we will do more to focus on that to help… out in Somalia, you know. The situation there is really bad so, we try, and that’s the first step, but after that we’re just going to see what we can do.”
Veteran British running coach George Gandy said having trained with the Kenyans on and off over the past four years Farah is a better athlete for it.
‘‘These people around here are phenomenal, inspirational people. The best runners in the world train here so the best thing we can do is get close with them and I think Mo has benefited from doing that over quite a few years.”
The Kamariny stadium in Iten has become the preparation ground for some of Kenya’s most decorated distance runners.
The British contingency are hoping that training at this ‘Home of Champions’ will bring with it similar success at their home Olympics this summer.