European champion Jo Pavey will be the official starter for the 2015 Brighton Marathon. The 41-year-old Devon runner, who won European gold and Commonwealth bronze this summer less than a year after giving birth to her second child, will send the runners on their way on Sunday 12 April. The inspirational Pavey will follow the likes of Steve Ovett and Paula Radcliffe in starting what has rapidly become the UK’s second biggest marathon.
“Jo is not only a fantastic athlete but an inspiration to us all because she manages to combine a normal family life with all the demands an athlete faces,” said Brighton Marathon founder Tim Hutchings. “Having tried everything over the years to win that elusive gold medal, she now recognises that the secret ingredient to her most successful year ever is a happy family life that has given her the emotional strength and stability to help her achieve the highest honours.”
Both Jo’s medals came at an age when most athletes have long hung up their spikes. Her win in Zurich made her the oldest female European champion in history and came just 10 months after giving birth to her second child. After a distinguished career spanning 26 years Jo still has no immediate plans to retire and is looking forward eagerly to yet another World Championship campaign in 2015.
Her astonishing late flowering has placed her on the short list for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year and has already scooped the British Athletics Writers’ Female Athlete of the year accolade.
Apart from fulfilling her duties as starter for the Brighton Marathon and BM10K on Sunday 12 April, Jo will also be sending over 3000 Mini Milers on their way the day before.
Before the main events, Jo will be attending the two-day Brighton Marathon Exhibition which features the sport’s favourite brands, a choice of exciting competitions and the chance for an early bird entry to the 2016 Brighton Marathon.