Chris Thomp­son ready for Great Scot­tish Run

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CHRIS THOMP­SON will be hop­ing to suc­cess­fully de­fend his Bank of Scot­land Great Scot­tish Run ti­tle in Glas­gow on Sun­day and pro­vide the per­fect con­fi­dence boost as he works to­ward the TCS New York City Marathon later this au­tumn.

The 2010 Euro­pean 10,000m medal­list de­feated Cal­lum Hawkins in a mem­o­rable per­for­mance 12 months ago and faces a stern test again.

His op­po­si­tion this time will come in the shape of Aus­tralia’s two-time Com­mon­wealth marathon cham­pion Mike Shel­ley, last year’s third placer Tsegai Tewelde, Jonny Mellor, Luke Traynor, Andy Ver­non, Neil Re­nault, Te­wolde Mengis­teadb and Wey­nay Ghe­bre­si­lasie.

Thomp­son’s ca­reer has been dogged by in­juries but he has en­joyed a resur­gence over the past two years. He fol­lowed up his Glas­gow win last year with vic­tory in the Sim­ply­health Great South Run three weeks later and put in strong per­for­mances over the win­ter, in­clud­ing third place in the Doha Half Marathon and NYC Half.

The 37-year-old also re­ceived a call-up to run the 5000m and 10,000m at this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin, where he rep­re­sented Bri­tain at a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion for the first time since 2012.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Glas­gow to de­fend my ti­tle,” he said. “This is an im­por­tant mile­stone in my prepa­ra­tions for the New York City Marathon, so I’m de­ter­mined to run well here as I look for­ward to No­vem­ber.”

In the women’s half-marathon race, world marathon gold medal­lists Rose Che­limo and Mare Dibaba are set to be among those bat­tling it out to see who fin­ishes first in Glas­gow Green.

Bahrain’s Che­limo and Ethiopia’s Dibaba claimed their world ti­tles in 2017 and 2015 re­spec­tively and will be joined in the con­test by Scot Su­san Par­tridge and last years third placer Fion­nu­ala Ross.

Mean­while Bri­tain’s Gemma Steel will also warm up for next month’s Com­mon­wealth half-marathon cham­pi­onships by con­test­ing the 10km in Glas­gow, while home favourite Sammi Kinghorn fea­tures in the women’s wheel­chair event and Patrick Mon­a­han and Sam Kolek con­test the men’s wheel­chair race.

The Bank of Scot­land Great Scot­tish Run will be broad­cast live on BBC Two and BBC Two Scot­land from 11:00

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