Athletics Weekly - - Feature -

THE elite women’s race at this year’s Sim­ply­health Great North Run prom­ises to be one to remember.

Last year’s win­ner, Rio 5000m cham­pion Vi­vian Cheruiyot, is back to de­fend her ti­tle but she will be up against fel­low Kenyan and women-only marathon world record-holder Mary Kei­tany, who is aim­ing high again.

She is look­ing to run un­der 65 min­utes and could come close to the half marathon world record time of 64:52, held by Joy­ci­line Jep­kos­gei, al­though the course is not el­i­gi­ble for records.

An­other Kenyan, Betsy Saina, win­ner of last year’s Bank of Scot­land Great Scot­tish Run, will fea­ture too.

Bri­tain’s Gemma Steel toes the start line, as does Ka­t­rina Wootton, fresh from go­ing top of the Bri­tish 10,000m rank­ings with 31:45.63.

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