31 Aug

Vet Ace To Top Bill At Big New Worcester Event

Anthony Whiteman in action

The Worcester City 10K on Sunday 21 September is set to be a family affair for super-fast veteran Anthony Whiteman. The former GB Olympian and European and Commonwealth medallist, the only person to run an indoor mile in under four minutes while over the age of 40, will be joined in the line-up for the big new Worcester event by his mum - in the 10k - and his two sons, who will take part in the the mile Worcester City Young Athletes Run.

Whiteman, who holds world-records for his age across 800m and 1500m, said: “My parents live in Worcester - my mum is a Worcester parkrun regular - and I have a very close relationship with the city, so I fancied taking part in the race, especially as it is across a route that I have ran so many times. When I heard Paula Radcliffe was entering, it pricked my ears up and I entered."

Whiteman's remarkable 'second career' has come 10 years after his retirement from athletics: “I’d always kept running since retiring. As a personal trainer I used to run with my clients, but it all snowballed after I entered a race in 2009 and ended up beating a Kenyan and South African across the final 200m.

“Now I'm not too far away from the times that challenge for the GB team, but I’m not too fussed about trying to get back to that level. The Kenyan-American athlete Bernard Legat will be 40 this December and will beat all my records, but my goal is to make him work hard for them.

“It will be difficult to challenge for the win at Worcester as I will have been preparing for an 800m race before it. It depends on the level of the athletes who turn up, but if I’m in with a shout with 500m to go, no one will beat me in a sprint.”

The Worcester event, set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities. The 10k race will be accompanied by the Worcester City Young Athletes Runs, taking place over 3K for 11 to 15-year-olds and a mile for those under the age of 11.

Also on the event programme is the 50K Worcester City run-bike-run event, which comprises the open 10k run, a 35k bike ride, and a further 5k run, and is available to both individuals and teams. All events will finish against the stunning backdrop of Worcester Racecourse, with prize money on offer for the first three finishers in the male and female categories.

For more details visit the Worcester City Run website.