Marathon debutant and David Weir among athletes in Silverstone Half Marathon action on March 2
Chris Thompson is to run the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday as he gears up to making his full marathon debut at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April.
The 2010 European 10,000m silver medallist has only competed once so far this year, at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country where he finished sixth and first Brit in the men’s invitational 4km. At the time he seemed laid back about his marathon debut, with his history of repeated injuries causing him to be realistic.
“I’ve big hopes and ambitions for the marathon going all the way to Rio,” the Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete said at the time. “I wanted to have a crack at the marathon last year gone, but injuries didn’t permit that, so hopefully I’ll get one out this year.”
But having run a half marathon best of 61:00 at the Bupa Great North Run in 2012, Thompson will be looking to get his 2014 road campaign off to the strongest start possible next weekend and is sure to be eyeing Matt Smith’s nine-year-old course record of 65:23, having completed the distance in less than 65 minutes four times in the past two years.
Reigning champion Scott Overall will not be looking to make it a hattrick of Silverstone Half victories as he will be running the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon on the same day.
The men’s wheelchair race will see David Weir go for his third successive victory, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist having smashed Simon Lawson’s course record by almost eight minutes to win two years ago before going on to claim his sixth London Marathon wheelchair title. Weir will also race in London this April, as he goes on the hunt for a record seventh win.
Another British Paralympian, Jade Jones, returns to the Silverstone track to defend her women’s wheelchair crown, the 18-year-old having taken more than 10 minutes off the course record to claim victory on her debut 12 months ago.