Chris Thompson ready for Great Scottish Run
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
Chris Thompson: took the GreatScottish Run honours last year