THE WOMEN TO WATCH OUT FOR
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.