8 Oct

Steel Sets Sights On Birmingham

Gemma Steel

After securing her third successive victory at the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and breaking the course record in the process, Gemma Steel has set her sights on a winning return to the west Midlands. Steel, victorious at the Great Birmingham Run two years ago, will be hoping to regain her crown on Sunday 20 October.

Looking ahead to the Birmingham event, Steel commented: "That's why I had the idea of racing with the men in Sheffield as it offered me the opportunity to simulate competing against the Kenyans. Now I'm not planning any high profile races before Birmingham. I'd like to think that I can run sub-70 minutes - at least that's my intention."

The event, now in its third year, is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands. Formerly known as the Birmingham Half Marathon, the race was staged in 2008, and in 2009 also incorporated the world half marathon championships. The course takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground.