Two London Marathon champions ready to challenge Sir Mo Farah at The Vitality Big Half
7 February 2019, 10:00 a.m.
- Kenyan duo Kipsang and Wanjiru added to elite men’s field
- Top three female finishers from 2018 all confirmed to return
Two former winners of the Virgin Money London Marathon have been confirmed to take on Sir Mo Farah at The Vitality Big Half on Sunday 10 March.
Former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang, the London Marathon champion of 2012 and 2014, and Daniel Wanjiru, who was victorious in London in 2017, will both be lining up against Farah for the second edition of The Vitality Big Half.
Four-time Olympic champion Farah is the reigning champion of The Vitality Big Half. He won last year’s inaugural race by outsprinting Wanjiru in a thrilling finish in Greenwich, coming home in a time of 61 minutes 40 seconds.
All three men will be using the race to fine-tune their preparations for the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April.
The Vitality Big Half once again will double up as the British Half-Marathon Championships and there is a strong domestic field who will be vying for podium places including Dewi Griffiths who ran 61:44 to finish eighth in a superb field at the Chevron Houston Half Marathon last month.
Other Brits in the field include Andy Vernon, Jonny Mellor, Joshua Griffiths and Matt Sharp.
The women’s race promises to be an exciting all-British affair with all three of last year’s podium finishers returning.
Charlotte Purdue was last year’s winner, recording a speedy 70:29 which is the 10th fastest half marathon time in British history, highlighting the 13.1-mile course from Tower Bridge to Greenwich has real potential for fast times.
Runner-up Lily Partridge and third-placed Charlotte Arter are also returning while Steph Twell, who ran 2:30:11 in her debut marathon in Valencia in December, will be making her debut in the event.
Tracy Barlow, Gemma Steel and Sonia Samuels are also confirmed to take part meaning the seven fastest British women over the half marathon distance in 2018 will all be toeing the start line on March 10.
Eight-time London Marathon champion David Weir leads the entries in the men’s wheelchair race while three-time Paralympic medallist Shelly Woods will be aiming for victory in the women’s wheelchair race while Derek Rae will compete in the ambulant category.
Men’s wheelchair race
|RAFAEL BOTELLO JIMENEZ||ESP|
|JOHN BOY SMITH||GBR|
Women's wheelchair race
|MARGRIET VAN DEN BROEK||NED|