Jo Pavey, the inspirational European 10,000m champion, will be hoping her return to Glasgow this autumn will give her a boost as she prepares to challenge for a fifth Olympic appearance. The 41-year-old Exeter Harrier has decided to include the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 4 October in her autumn racing schedule as she maps a potential path towards next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Pavey, who will be back in a Great Britain vest this Saturday (6 June), competing in the European Cup 10,000m race in Chia-Pula, Sardinia, said: “It means a lot to me to be coming back to Glasgow for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. I think it will be quite emotional for me. I’ll never forget the deafening noise that night I ran at Hampden Park.
Adding: “I’m getting older and older but I’m still enjoying it and I’ve still got goals I want to achieve. My main goal, going forward, is to try and qualify for Rio and I’m quite focused on that. I’m not complacent about it. There’s so much talent coming through in Britain. But I still just want to give that a go - and that’s the main thing on my mind at the moment.