The upcoming Worcester City 10K looks set to pull in a number of high-profile names with confirmation that two of the UK's best masters, Anthony Whiteman and Angela Copson, will take part. The pair will join other leading runners Jo Pavey and Jenny Nesbitt for the race on Sunday 20 September.
Organised by Events of the North (the company run by Steve Cram) in partnership with Worcester City Council, the 10k made an impressive introduction to the calendar last year with a field of more than 1300. The race also heralded the competitive return of Paula Radcliffe, who finished the 10k in 35:48.
At 42, Anthony Whiteman continues to perform at the highest level and recently made it to the final of the 800m at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham. Ahead of Worcester, he will be competing in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, where he will tackle the 800m and 1500m events.
Angela Copson, 68, only took up running seriously at the age of 59 yet demonstrated great talent very quickly and has gone on to become one of the UK’s most successful masters. In May, Copson set a new world record for over 65s in the 10K in Manchester, and is also a former marathon world record holder for her age group. Like Whiteman, she will be competing in Lyon in August, before returning to the UK to focus on road racing again.
Angela Copson comments: “I’m really excited about running in Worcester. I’ve heard great things about the event – I’m told that the route is lovely and that the enthusiasm of the spectators really spurs on the runners. And of course, the fantastic Jo Pavey will also be there, so I can’t wait to run in the same race as her.”
In addition to the 10K, the event will also play host to the Young Athletes Run and Run-Bike-Run (10k run, followed by a 35k biked ride, and a further 5k run to finish).