The first ever World Athletics event to be held in Northern Ireland confirms Sir Mo’s return

Sir Mo Farah is returning to the Antrim Coast Half Marathon for the 2nd consecutive year as he confirms his attendance.

Despite having broken his foot in the lead-up to the Olympic trials in Birmingham last month, Sir Mo posted a video message on Friday evening reconfirming his attendance at this year’s event.

With the stunning Antrim coastline serving as a stunning backdrop for the race, Sir Mo has made no secret of his love of both the people and the area, and he has announced that he will be focusing on the Kid’s Run along with his commentating duties

Ireland’s greatest Elite Field

Farah will be joined on the day by arguably Ireland’s greatest elite field ever assembled, and one of the greatest fields in the UK. The Men’s race will be headlined by Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, World Athletics ranked No.2 for the last 2 years.

Currently the 6th fastest all-time with an incredible 58.32 personal best, the 24-year-old Ethiopian will make a final run out before he enters the London Marathon in October 2021.

He will be joined by fellow countryman Tesfahun Akalnew and Kenya’s Daniel Mateiko and Shadrack Kimining. Victor Kiplangat from Uganda will join the line-up. They all have personal bests under 60 minutes.

Teams from England and Northern Ireland will be joined by Tokyo Olympians Marc Scott and Paul Pollock, along with British and Irish Internationals Scott Overall, Mick Cloishey, Hugh Armstrong, Gary O’Hanlon, and local favourite and multiple World Record holder Tommy Hughes.

Ethiopian sensation Yalemzerf Yehualaw hopes to improve on her 64:40 minute personal best set in Istanbul earlier this year, and to chase down the women’s half-marathon world record of 64:02.

Yalemzerf Yehualaw

The 21-year-old will be joined by Ethiopian stablemates Tsehay Gemechu and Yitayish Mekonnen, who both competed in the Olympics in Tokyo.

The UK and Ireland will be led by Ann-Marie McGlynn, alongside last year’s Antrim Coast Half Marathon 4th place finisher Becky Briggs, Eleanor Davis, and with teams from England and Northern Ireland.


The race will be delighted to welcome back the masses this year with record numbers confirming their participation. Enter here.

Kid’s Run and After party

The Kid’s Run and After Party tickets are already selling fast, so this year’s World Athletics event will be one of the province’s sporting highlights of the year, with record numbers expected to watch the race in person or via our live stream.

Provisional start lists for the elite will be posted on our website from next week.