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Elite Men's Field

2019 Vitality Big Half Elite Men's Field

Mo Farah
Born: 23/3/1983
Half Marathon PB: 59:22 (Great North Run, GBR, 2015)
The Vitality Big Half record: 1st 2018 (61:40)
Sir Mo Farah is the most decorated British athlete in history. He was won four Olympic gold medals and six World Championship gold medals over 5,000m and 10,000m on the track. He holds British records from 1500m up to the marathon. He won The Vitality Big Half in 2018 and followed it up with a third place at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. He won his first major marathon last October at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Wilson Kipsang
Born: 15/3/1982
Half Marathon PB: 58:59 (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 2009)
The Vitality Big Half record: First appearance

Wilson Kipsang is a former world record holder for the marathon and two-time winner of the Virgin Money London Marathon (2012 and 2014). Kipsang has also won the Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. His half-marathon PB of 58:59 is the 12th fastest in history.

Daniel Wanjiru
Born: 26/5/1992
Half Marathon PB: 59:20 (Prague, Czech Rep, 2016)
The Vitality Big Half record: 2nd 2018 (61:43)

Daniel Wanjiru’s biggest result of his career came in 2017 when he won the Virgin Money London Marathon. He has also won the Amsterdam Marathon and twice triumphed in the Prague Half Marathon.

Bashir Abdi
Born: 10/2/1989
Half Marathon PB: 60:42 (Great North Run, GBR, 2018)
The Vitality Big Half record: First appearance

Belgium international Bashir Abdi won a silver medal over 10000m at last year’s European Championships and has represented his country at Olympic Games and World Championships. He set his half marathon PB of 60:42 when he was sixth at last year’s Great North Run.

Andy Vernon
Born: 7/1/1986
Half Marathon PB: 62:46 (Great North Run, GBR, 2014)
The Vitality Big Half record: First appearance

Andy Vernon has been one of Britain’s most successful distance runners for the past decade. He won two medals at the 2014 European Championships, a silver medal in the 10,000m and a bronze medal in the 5,000m. He also won a bronze medal at the 2013 European Cross-Country Championships.

Dewi Griffiths

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Born: 9/8/1991
Half Marathon PB: 61:33 (Cardiff, GBR, 2017)
The Vitality Big Half record: First appearance

Dewi Griffiths is the second fastest British marathon runner currently competing with his time of 2:09:49 which he set in Frankfurt in 2017 the 15th fastest British time in history. His half-marathon PB of 61:33 is also in the top 15 in the all-time British rankings. Injury ruled him out for much of last year but he returned to fitness to run 61:44 at the Houston Half Marathon in January.

Chris Thompson
Born: 17/4/1981
Half Marathon PB: 61:00 (Great North Run, GBR, 2012)
The Vitality Big Half record: First appearance

Chris Thompson is the fourth fastest Britain in history over the half marathon distance with his PB of 61:00 coming at the Great North Run in 2012. Two years earlier, Thompson won a silver medal at the European Championships over 10,000m behind Mo Farah. Injury has hampered much of his career but he was showing signs of form last autumn when he won the Great South Run in a British record time over 10 miles of 46:56.

Jonny Mellor
Born: 27/12/1986
Half Marathon PB: 62:23 (United Airlines NYC Half, USA, 2017)
The Vitality Big Half record: 4th 2018 (65:03)

Jonny Mellor was fourth overall the third Briton to finish at The Vitality Big Half in 2018. The Liverpool Harrier has a marathon PB of 2:12:57 and was 15th at the New York City Marathon last November.

Other Athletes (by PB)

  • Mustafa Mohamed (SWE): 62:40
  • Mick Clohisey (IRL): 64:25
  • Malcolm Hicks (NZL): 64:29
  • Josh Griffiths (GBR): 64:54
  • Nick Samuels (GBR): 67:19
  • Jack Gray (GBR): Debut