Chris Thompson will defend his half-marathon title as he works toward the New York City Marathon
World marathon gold medallists Rose Chelimo and Mare Dibaba are set to be among those racing over the half-marathon in Glasgow when the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run returns on September 30.
In the men’s race, 2010 European 10,000m medallist Chris Thompson will defend his title as he works toward the New York City Marathon.
Bahrain’s Chelimo and Ethiopia’s Dibaba claimed their world titles in 2017 and 2015 respectively and will be joined in the women’s half-marathon by Britain’s Susan Partridge and Fionnuala Ross.
Thompson will be up against Australia’s two-time Commonwealth marathon champion Mike Shelley plus Luke Traynor, Tsegai Tewelde, Neil Renault, Tewolde Mengisteab and Weynay Ghebresilasie.
In a career which has been dogged by injuries, Thompson has enjoyed a purple patch over the last two years, following up his win at the Great Scottish Run with victory in the Simplyhealth Great South Run three weeks later.
This return to form also saw Thompson put in strong performances over the winter including a third-place finish in both the Doha Half Marathon and NYC Half Marathon, and he achieved the qualifying time for a call-up to the European Championships, where he represented Great Britain at a major competition for the first time since 2012.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to Glasgow to defend my title at Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run,” he said.
“The people of Glasgow really know their sport and they always turn out in large numbers at this race.
“This is an important milestone in my preparations for the New York City Marathon, so I’m determined to run well here as I look forward to November.”
Sammi Kinghorn will aim to make it two wins in a row in the women’s wheelchair race, while Patrick Monahan and Sam Kolek will contest the men’s wheelchair event.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be broadcast live on BBC Two and BBC Two Scotland from 11:00.
Lead photograph by Mark Shearman, Thompson photo by Jeff Holmes for The Great Run Company