Mo Farah will be joined by Daniel Wanjiru and Jake Robertson, while Vivian Cheruiyot takes on Joyciline Jepkosgei and Betsy Saina

Mo Farah will be looking to make it five wins in a row when he returns to Tyneside for the Simplyhealth Great North Run half-marathon on Sunday. But it will not be a foregone conclusion as his competition includes Kenya’s 2017 London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru and New Zealand’s Jake Robertson.

Wanjiru has a half-marathon best of 59:20 from 2016, while Robertson has been in fine form in 2018, beating his own national 10,000m record with 27:28 in New Orleans in April and matching his half-marathon PB in Japan, clocking 60:01.

The New Zealand athlete came within a whisker of beating Farah a year ago, with the 10-time global track champion having to produce one of his trademark sprint finishes to come home six seconds ahead of his suitor on the South Shields coast.

This time Farah will be continuing his preparations for the Chicago Marathon.

Commonwealth marathon champion Mike Shelley will make his Great North Run debut, while British interest will also come in the shape of Andy Vernon and Jonny Mellor.

In the women’s race, the world’s fastest ever female over the half-marathon will be looking to spoil Vivian Cheruiyot’s plans to make it two Great North Run wins in three years.

World record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei has been added to the field for Sunday’s race and is set to be the main competition for Olympic champion Cheruiyot.

Kenya’s Jepkosgei clocked her record time of 64:51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year, when she also broke the world 10km, 15km and 20km bests.

She went on to beat her own 10km world record time back in Prague three months later when she clocked 29:43 to become the first woman to ever break 30 minutes for the distance.

Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in last year’s race which was won by Mary Keitany, will also be in contention, with British hopes lying with Lily Partridge, Gemma Steel, Charlotte Purdue and Aly Dixon.

In the elite wheelchair races, six-time Paralympic champion David Weir is going for his sixth victory in the Great North Run as he prepares for the TCS New York City Marathon in November. He faces fellow Brits Simon Lawson and JohnBoy Smith – minor medallists at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Elite men’s field (subject to change)

Bib name in capitals
1 FARAH Mo Farah
2 WANJIRU Daniel Wanjiru
4 ROBERTSON Jake Robertson
5 SHELLEY Mike Shelley
6 TAKAHASHI Naoya Takahashi
7 YAMAMOTO Hiroyuki Yamamoto
8 FAUBLE Scott Fauble
9 SMITH Scott Smith
10 VAIL Ryan Vail
11 ABDI Bashir Abdi
12 AADAN Mohamud Aadan
13 TIERNAN Pat Tiernan
14 ROBINSON Brett Robinson
16 VERNON Andy Vernon
17 MELLOR Jonny Mellor
19 SKELTON Ross Skelton
20 SHAW Dominic Shaw
21 BURLING Ryan Burling
22 SLOANE Chris Sloane
23 ABDULLE Abdishakur Abdulle
24 RABJOHN Liam Rabjohn
25 ROBINSON Stuart Robinson
26 METSELAAR Luuk Metselaar
28 HOARE Martin Hoare
29 ODDY Chris Oddy
31 DARCY Karl Darcy
32 CHARLTON Tom Charlton
33 FOSTER Gary Foster
34 COLTHERD Michael Coltherd
35 GRAY Jack Gray
36 LONG Mark Long
38 BLAKE Stephen Blake
40 BAYTON Steven Bayton
41 MADDEN Chris Madden

Elite women’s field (Subject to change)

Bib name in capitals
201 CHERUIYOT Vivian Cheruiyot
202 JEPKOSGEI Joyciline Jepkosgei
203 SAINA Betsy Saina
204 KOSGEI Brigid Kosgei
205 HORIE Misato Horie
206 MASAI Linet Masai
207 BRUCE Stephanie Bruce
208 HORI Yuka Hori
210 MITCHELL Emma Mitchell
211 LARSSON Maria Larsson
212 PARTRIDGE Lily Partridge
213 PURDUE Charlotte Purdue
215 DIXON Alyson Dixon
216 BUSCOMB Camille Buscomb
217 WAUGH Emily Waugh
218 BRISCOE Julie Briscoe
219 MUNN Hayley Munn
220 MARTINHO Carla Martinho
221 MILLMORE Tracy Millmore
223 MITCHELL Naomi Mitchell
224 SELLARS Heather Sellars
225 NEEDHAM Carly Needham
226 VAIL Eva Vail
227 PONDER Rosamund Ponder
228 CARRUTHERS Hayley Carruthers
229 SQUIRES Nicola Squires
230 NOLAN-HOOD Michelle Nolan-Hood
231 CLUSKER Stacey Clusker
232 MURPHY Sarah Murphy
233 O’REGAN Johanna O’Regan
234 GIBSON Ashley Gibson
235 LOGAN Sheena Logan
236 WINSTONE Sarah Winstone
237 GRUBER Sarah Gruber
239 JOEL Alexa Joel
240 MOUSLEY Victoria Mousley
241 PENN Jacqueline Penn
242 SMITH Alice Smith
244 CAMPBELL Georgia Campbell
245 ELLIS Charlotte Ellis
246 BELL Eilidh Bell

» See the September 6 edition of AW magazine for our full previews to the Simplyhealth Great North Run and Great North CityGames action

» The Simplyhealth Great North Run will be shown live on BBC One on Sunday September 9, 9:30-13:30. For more information on the event, visit