My name is Mo Farah.
When I arrived in Britain from Somalia at 9 years of age, I had a dream that I would become a famous sports person
and a household name. I would travel the world and be a hero in the land of my birth. I wanted to play football for
Brentford! However, I had challenges to overcome. Although I spoke no English, and I was small and skinny, they found a
place for me. With my blinding pace I was made right back for the Brentford youth team. This was the first step on my way
At school my P.E. teacher, Alan Watkinson, told me I was not destined to grace the field at Griffen Park, but to be an
athlete. A runner. I laughed. We struck a deal. If I could play football for 30 minutes before every training session then
I would train to be a runner.
13 years, 1 European Junior Championship, 1 European Senior Championship and a host of other achievements later,
I’ve realised something. I didn’t set out to become a runner, but I am a runner. So if you are a rugby player, a
couch potato or a want to be Elvis, where you start isn’t necessarily where you will finish.
Impossible is Nothing.