Farah Finds Perfect Retreat at Celtic Manor

Posted at 09:10 on 9 October 2012


Mo Farah swapped kicking away from his rivals for kicking back to relax when he took a family break at The Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.

The long-distance king of the track, who won gold in both the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres at the 2012 London Olympics, revealed he had enjoyed another “best time” at the five-star resort.

Farah has had precious little opportunity to recharge the batteries since his double triumph. As well as all the media adulation, he has had the small matter of the arrival of twin baby girls to contend with.

“It’s been an absolute whirlwind,” he said of the astonishing events in the Olympic Stadium and their aftermath.

“Two races just changed my whole life around and the attention has been unbelievable, much more than I would ever have expected. This is the first chance I’ve had to get away from it all with the family and we’ve had a fantastic time.

“Our seven-year-old daughter has really enjoyed the swimming pool and the low ropes, and we’ve been up on the high ropes and played some golf and used the spa. There’s just so much to do here.”

Farah is not the only gold medal winner to enjoy a bit of rest and recuperation at Celtic Manor since claiming an Olympic title. Taekwondo champion Jade Jones basked in her success in the spa and Celtic Manor chefs presented Geraint Thomas, who struck gold in the track cycling team pursuit, with a giant version of his favourite snack, the Welsh cake.  

Celtic Manor also played its part in preparing Thomas and his track cycling colleagues for their sensational team haul of seven gold medals. Thomas, Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendeleton and company spent almost a fortnight at the resort while completing their training at Newport Velodrome.

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