Following a successful showing at the European Championships, Andy Vernon has confirmed he will compete in the Bupa Great North Run on 7 September. Vernon’s participation comes shortly after his medal winning performances in Zurich, where the 28-year-old won silver and bronze over 10,000m and 5,000m.
The half marathon will represent his since he took part in the South Shields event three years ago, finishing in 65:45. While Vernon has seen Mo Farah attempt the transition to marathon distance, Vernon said he is unlikely to go beyond 13.1 miles, as his frame is too big.
Vernon’s double medal winning performance comes after a tough campaign, with a series of injuries, leading up to the Commonwealths and the European Championships, making for a disrupted season. On his performance in Zurich, Vernon said: “To think only eight or nine weeks ago I might not have started these races and now I’ve done two championships and won two medals.”
Vernon’s participation at the Great North Run means he will go head-to-head with Farah once again, with the 31-year-old revealing last week that he will return to the event after his second place showing last year. The 2013 event showcased a headline trio of Bekele, Gebrselassie and Farah and saw, while Stephen Kiprotich, the reigning world and Olympic marathon champion, is set to compete in next month’s race.