Two years after a blistering performance in which he set a Masters world record, Bernard Lagat has confirmed he will return to Manchester on Sunday (28 May). The Kenyan-American’s participation sets up what will be an exciting contest in the men’s field, with Callum Hawkins and Andy Vernon also competing.
Organised initially as a legacy event following the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Great Manchester Run has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence and now stands as Europe’s largest 10k road race with an average of 25,000 runners competing annually.
The race has attracted, almost without fail, the world’s best runners: Haile Gebrselassie; Tirunesh Dibaba; Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang have all competed throughout the years. May’s event looks to be no different with double Olympic medallist Lagat aiming for a similar performance to 2015, which saw him make his 10k debut and break Haile Gebrselassie’s Masters world record.
On competing at Manchester once again, Lagat said: “I can’t wait to come back to Manchester and race again. I'm in good shape and really keen to run another fast 10k. I loved it there two years ago, and it’ll be great to return. There is some pretty tough competition there but I’ll be giving it my all and let’s see what happens.”
Such competition is likely to come from Andy Vernon, making his debut at Manchester, plus Callum Hawkins, who is enjoying an outstanding 2017. Both Hawkins and Vernon will be aiming to become the first British man to win at the Manchester event.