Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins are set to be among the entries for the new event in London in March

New London event The Big Half is to host the British Half Marathon Championships on Sunday March 4.

The event, which has so far announced the addition of Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins to its elite men’s field, will also serve as one of the final opportunities for athletes to achieve qualifying times for the British team for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia on March 24.

“We’re delighted that The Big Half will incorporate the British Half Marathon Championships next March,” said Barry Fudge, head of endurance for British Athletics.

“London Marathon Events’ support for the endurance programme ensures athletes have the best preparation for success, and hosting our championship race gives athletes a great opportunity to run fast times amongst great spectator support.”

Hugh Brasher, event director for The Big Half, said: “London Marathon Events is proud to host the British Half Marathon Championships at The Big Half on Sunday 4 March. This new event features a fantastic route through our great capital city, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing in front of the Cutty Sark, which is truly fitting for a national championship.”

To enter the British Half Marathon Championships, runners need to have run a sub-75:00 or sub-85:00 time for men and women respectively after January 1, 2016.

Information on good for age places can be found here.

Read more about The Big Half here.