Marathon world record-holder to take on the half-marathon event in Glasgow

Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, the fastest marathoner in history, is heading to Glasgow to compete in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on October 4.

He will join the likes of Britain’s European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey in racing the half-marathon event.

Kimetto became the quickest marathon runner of all-time in Berlin twelve months ago, clocking a time of 2:02:57.

In doing so, the 31-year-old became the first man to break 2:03 for 26.2 miles, taking 26 seconds off the previous world record time set in Berlin in 2013 by his fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang.

Kimetto has a half-marathon best of 59:14, which he set in Berlin in 2012. He will be seeking to restore Kenya’s dominance at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, following victories in 2013 by Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie and in 2014 by South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka.

He will also be looking to bounce back to form after failing to finish the marathon at the World Championships in Beijing last month.

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is open for entries at www.greatscottishrun.com and features both 10km and half-marathon distances.

Entry is now also open for the Morrisons Great Manchester Run, with the 10km event having been confirmed for May 22, 2016. See www.greatrun.org/manchester.