28 Sep

Chris Thompson To Defend Birmingham Title

Chris Thompson breaks the tape at the 2015 Great Birmingham Run

European medallist Chris Thompson will defend his Great Birmingham Run title on Sunday 16 October. The 35-year old British athlete won the 2015 Great Birmingham Run in 1:03:00, marking a successful return to road running following an Achilles injury. 

Chris is hoping for a repeat in this year’s half marathon but faces stiff competition from homegrown and international talent. Andy Vernon and Bashir Abdi lead the domestic challenge with Mikael Ekvall (Sweden), Marius Ionescu (Romania) and Roman Romanenko (Ukraine) heading up the European competition.

Vernon finished in 25th place in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics and this will be his first half marathon since the 2014 Great North Run. Abdi took fourth place at this year’s Great North Run and is looking to capitalise on that at the Great Birmingham Run.   

However, Thompson is confident of a repeat victory on a course he is familiar with, saying: “I’d like to win in Birmingham. I know the course well which can be an advantage, especially on a course like Birmingham.”
He will be joined by 20,000 runners, many of whom will be taking part for worthwhile causes, having overcome various obstacles along the way. They will follow a city centre route that passes iconic landmarks such as Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Cadbury World and the Bullring. 
Entries are still open for the Great Birmingham Run.

New for this year: everyone who enters will be given priority entry to the 2017 Birmingham International Marathon.  Everyone who entered the Great Birmingham 10K will receive a £10 discount into this half marathon.  
Photo courtesy of The Great Run Company.