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.
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.