With both Paula Radcliffe and Anthony Whiteman confirmed participants for Sunday’s race, excitement is building for the inaugural Worcester 10K. The event is the first in a series that British athletics legend Steve Cram hopes to set-up to harness the spirit of London 2012 and also includes a 3K Worcester City Young Athletes Runs, a mile run for those under the age of 11 and a 50K Worcester City run-bike-run.
The 10K will take in some of the best sights in the city, including the Worcester Cathedral, viaduct and the famous River Severn. Radcliffe, who still holds the current women’s marathon world record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around the unique and picturesque course.
In addition to attracting the current women’s marathon world-record holder, Worcester will also welcome former GB Olympian and European and Commonwealth medallist Anthony Whiteman. The super-fast vet, now aged 42, holds world-records for his age across 800m and 1500m. He is also the only person to run an indoor mile in under four minutes while over the age of 40.
Looking ahead to the event, Whiteman commented: “Now I'm not too far away from the times that challenge for the GB team, but I’m not too fussed about trying to get back to that level. The Kenyan-American athlete Bernard Legat will be 40 this December and will beat all my records, but my goal is to make him work hard for them.
“It will be difficult to challenge for the win at Worcester as I will have been preparing for an 800m race before it. It depends on the level of the athletes who turn up, but if I’m in with a shout with 500m to go, no one will beat me in a sprint.”
Keep an eye out for midlandsrunningguide.com’s Worcester 10K race report on Monday morning.