Following the drama of the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham the focus for top flight running moves on to Valencia and the World Half Marathon championships. Big names – including defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor and world record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei – have confirmed their intention to compete, so Valencia looks set to be another memorable event.
Hoping for success in the Spanish city on Saturday 24 March are a strong British team - Ben Connor, Luke Traynor, Tsegai Tewelde, Mohamud Aadan and Dan Studley; and Charlotte Purdue, Gemma Steel, Charlotte Arter, Tracy Barlow and Faye Fullerton.
Purdue will be hoping to build on a promising performance at Sunday's Big Half Marathon (incorporating the British Half Marathon championships) where she recorded a substantial PB while Steel, Britain’s fastest competing half marathoner, also makes the team having raced at the Doha Half Marathon in January.
Ben Connor and Luke Traynor lead the British challenge following strong showings at the competitive Barcelona Half. Connor (61:11) and Traynor (61:55) were both pleased with big PBs on their previous trip to Spain.
Completing the team is British Olympic marathoner Tewelde, while Aadan and Studley will wear the GB vest for the first time in Valencia.
Times in Valencia are expected to be fast with the course described as 'relatively flat, a touch downhill and a bit twisty'.
Image - Luke Traynor winning Manchester Half Marathon