The Scot will face a field including Andy Vernon when he returns to the Manchester event on October 14

Luke Traynor and Andy Vernon have been announced for the elite men’s field at the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday October 14.

Traynor claimed victory on his half-marathon debut at this event last year and returns hoping to beat his 64:07 course record.

“I am really excited to be going back to compete in the Manchester Half Marathon,” said Traynor, who finished third at the recent Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and improved his half-marathon PB to 61:55 in Barcelona in February.

“Last year was my first ever half-marathon and it was a brilliant experience.

“This year is going to be even better and faster, I hope, as I’m aiming to break my own course record.”

With a successful summer track season under his belt, after finishing fifth in the 10,000m at the European Championships in Berlin, Vernon is also looking for a strong race.

“There are some great competitors this year, so it should be a fantastic race,” said the Aldershot athlete, who has a PB of 62:46 from 2014 but was forced to withdraw from the Great Scottish Run last Sunday due to food poisoning.

Meanwhile, this year’s wheelchair race is set to be one of the most competitive in the event’s history, with GB Paralympian and British marathon record-holder, Simon Lawson, making his Manchester Half Marathon debut.

Lawson will line up alongside European 400m and 800m silver medallist Ben Rowlings and Anthony Gotts, who completed an incredible 900-mile world record from Cornwall to John O’Groats.

“As a Mancunian, I am looking forward to racing through my city of Manchester and seeing the crowds,” said Gotts.

Eden Rainbow-Cooper looks promising to be the leading female elite wheelchair athlete.