Great North Run Womens Elite Field

Great North Run Women’s Elite Field

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Defending Champion Hellen Obiri will be back on Tyneside in September. The two-time Olympic Silver medalist and three-time world champion will be lining up against her compatriot Peres Jepchirchir and the Ethiopian duo of Hiwot Gebrekidan and Ayana Almaz.

Obiri faces stiff competition from the current Olympic Marathon Champion and women’s only world record holder Jepchirchir.  Gebrekidan who took second place in last year’s Berlin Marathon and Almaz who claimed the 2016 Olympic 10,000m title are also expected to compete for top honours.

British interest will come in the form Charlotte Purdue who took third place at last year’s event and Jess Piasecki who competed in the Olympic Marathon in Tokyo and has since posted a 67.20 personal best. Other brits include Amy Eloise-Markovc who will debut over the half marathon after her European Indoor title earlier in the year and Verity Ockenden who claimed a bronze medal at the same championships.

Elite Field

Helen Obiri

Peres Jepchirchir

Hiwot Gebrekidan

Ayana Almaz

Charlotte Purdue

Jess Piasecki

Amy Eloise-Markovc

Verity Ockenden

Obiri said, “I’m very excited to be coming back to the UK and competing at the Great North Run. The competition as always will be tough but I like the challenge and hope the crowd will come to support us and see a good race”.

The Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon and the UK’s biggest running event, will be televised live on BBC Sport.

60,000 people have entered the event which will take place on Sunday 11 September, returning to its iconic city-to-sea route after two years of pandemic-related changes.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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