4 Jan

London Champ Joins Big Half Battle

The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru will take on British favourites Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins in a mouth-watering elite men’s race at The Big Half on Sunday 4 March. The 25-year-old Kenyan, who claimed the biggest win of his career at London Marathon last April, will return to the streets of the capital to take on the half marathon distance.

Wanjiru’s participation adds a third leading contender to an exciting clash against Farah, the four-time Olympic and World Championship champion on the track, and Hawkins, who was fourth in last summer’s World Championship marathon in London.

With a half-marathon best of 59:20 set last year, Wanjiru is the fastest on paper of the three men.

Farah has a PB of 59:32, which is also the British record, which he set in Lisbon in 2015 while Hawkins ran a Scottish record of 60:00 in Japan last February.

Wanjiru said: “I am really looking forward to returning to London to race in The Big Half. I have very happy memories of running on London roads and the fantastic crowds.

“It is a privilege to be racing such a legend as Sir Mo Farah and I know that both he and Callum Hawkins will be big rivals to me in this race. The Big Half will be a great race.”

Around 15,000 people will participate in events that include the Big Half, the Little Half, the Big Relay and the Big Festival.

Information on how you can take part in the Big Half is available here.