Jo Pavey, fourteen months on from battling to a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Glasgow, will make an emotional return to the city this weekend at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Harbouring ambitions of a fifth consecutive Olympic appearance, Pavey, the 41-year-old Exeter Harrier in her first half marathon since 2012 when she finished fifth in the Great North Run, will be facing stiff competition from a world class line up of international talent.
Edna Kiplagat, two –time world marathon champion and widely regarded as one of the greatest female distance runners in history, will return to the scene of her record breaking triumph in last year’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run to defend her title on Sunday.
The Kenyan won world championship gold in Daegu in 2011 and in Moscow two years later.
They are sure to face stiff competition from the rising star of British distance running Gemma Steel and Caroline Kilel of Kenya, who was runner up in the race last year, having won silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 10,000m weeks earlier.
Steel, 29, has established herself as a the leading lady of British distance running over the last two years and recently posted her second consecutive runner-up placing at the Great North Run behind Mary Keitany.
Sara Moriera from Portugal, who finished third in last year’s New York Marathon and Doris Changeiywo, runner up in the 2014 Great Birmingham Run, are likely to also feature in what promises to be a high quality encounter.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be televised live on BBC 2 Scotland and BBC 2 from 11.00 to 14.00 on Sunday 4th October.
Entry to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k is still available. Visit the pop up shop in St Enoch’s Centre (near the top of the Argyle Street escalators) between 10am and 6pm Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3 October.
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